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Biden’s candidacy remains under threat Tuesday, July 2

Biden’s candidacy remains under threat Tuesday, July 2

Biden’s candidacy remains under threat Tuesday, July 2

President Biden is facing intense scrutiny for his apparent reliance on teleprompters in closed-door meetings with Democratic donors following last week’s presidential debate.

MSNBC political analyst John Heilemann revealed on his podcast “Impolitic” that donors are “scared” that Biden can’t go off-script during his private fundraisers.

“One of the things, to go back to my various donor friends, something that of course over the last six months has come up a ton of times with donors who have had Joe Biden in their house, they’re all freaked out about one thing that you’ll understand. He shows up and it’s a bunch of people, the friendliest people you could ever imagine, they’re all writing him big checks. He talks for about 15 minutes into a teleprompter at every little dinner party,” Heilemann said on Friday’s podcast.

“He never improvises. He never just speaks off the cuff… I mean, you’re sitting with a group of, like, 40 billionaires who are writing you giant checks. You’ve got 15 minutes of speeches to give over dinner, and you’re using a teleprompter. Again, does that make him a bad president? No. Does that make him unfit to be president? No. Does it scare donors that he needs to use a teleprompter? It scares them,” he said.

“This was an hour and a half off the prompter, that’s what it looks like right now. And it got better as the debate went on, but at its worst, I thought: that’s why they keep him on the prompter. And that’s not a problem that’s going to go away,” Heilemann added.

That explosive claim was confirmed the next day by Anthony Scaramucci, former President Trump’s short-lived White House communications director turned Biden supporter.

“I went to President Biden’s fundraiser in East Hampton and thought he did pretty well today reading off the teleprompter and meeting with people,” Scaramucci wrote on X before warning, “However, that won’t be enough to prove to the American people that he’s ready for another 4 years.”

The Wall Street Journal also reported on “overly controlled” meetings with donors in which Biden used a teleprompter. “Some donors described one of the events as overly controlled, with Biden reading from a teleprompter and spending little time on meaningful personal exchanges with donors who boost the campaign,” the Journal wrote on Saturday.

This is an excerpt from an article by Joseph A. Wulfsohn