President Joe Biden appears to have trouble uniting the Democratic Party and winning over influential Democrats in states and cities.
New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams was reported in March to have joined Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection advisory board, but by last Wednesday, Adams’ name was nowhere to be found on the roll.
Adams’s criticism of Biden follows widespread criticism of the president’s response to the migrant issue at the southern border as Title 42 ended, with many people saying the government had turned its back on New York City.
Adams said at a panel discussion held by the African American Mayors Association that the migrant crisis is destroying the city.
While the city plans to invest billions of dollars in services, Adams said they are having financial difficulties reacting to the increase of immigrants.
The expiration of Title 42 has exacerbated the border security crisis, with members of Biden’s party criticizing his proposed solutions.
Earlier this month, Democratic Arizona Representative Ruben Gallego wrote four letters to the Biden administration complaining that Arizona is unequipped to handle the surge of migrants.
When asked during CNN’s State of the Union if she would back Joe Biden, progressive “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) sidestepped the topic by replying, “In any candidacy, we need to see what the plan is for our future.”
If “he were the Democratic nominee,” she said, “I would enthusiastically support him.”
However, she stated that recent developments from the Biden administration caused grave and growing alarm. She said she did not only mean from an intellectual viewpoint but also a political one– Biden’s candidacy is dangerous and risky.
Ocasio-Cortez brought attention to the failures of the Biden administration, pointing out, for example, that more fossil fuel licenses were issued during Biden’s first 25 months in office than during the first half of Trump’s. Ocasio-Cortez has also claimed that the Biden administration has failed to do enough to address immigration.
Polls have shown that only about half of Democrats believe Biden should run for reelection in 2024, but most leftist voters and lawmakers indicate that they will vote for him if he is the Democrat nominee.
Biden’s support has been divided nationally since he announced his campaign last month.