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The Washington Post publishes a mock withdrawal speech by Joe Biden

The Washington Post publishes a mock withdrawal speech by Joe Biden

The Washington Post publishes a mock withdrawal speech by Joe Biden

The Washington Post editorial board published a mock speech in which President Joe Biden announced he was abandoning his 2024 reelection campaign.

The fake speech, titled “What if Biden Said These Words?” imagined Biden delivering the news to Americans on Thursday, Independence Day, a week after his disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump sparked calls for him to end his campaign.

The key part of the Post essay read:

My term of service is coming to an end. It was a hard truth to face, but it is the natural course of things, as evident as the transition from spring to summer and from fall to winter. That is why I have decided to withdraw from the campaign for the presidency of the United States.

The piece pictured Biden announcing new debates among potential candidates, including Vice President Kamala Harris, and concluded with the president urging Americans to “search their souls like I did” when they go to the polls in November.

Some people on social media suggested the Post had called on Biden to drop out of the race. Others were simply confused by the editorial.