Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, said reports that White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain plans to resign are a “key indication” that Democrats are ready to leave President Joe Biden ahead of the elections of 2024.
Klain’s alleged departure was first reported by The New York Times on Saturday, citing anonymous sources. The White House had not publicly confirmed Klain’s departure through publication. He has served in the Biden administration since the president took office last January, helping him win legislative victories, including passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, new investments in the country’s infrastructure and the Inflation Reduction Act, which was passed last year. that will also fund green energy programs.
Reports of his departure come as Biden grapples with GOP control of the House of Representatives during the second half of his first term — and as the 2024 presidential election, which Biden has indicated he plans to run, takes shape. It also comes amid a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into whether Biden mishandled classified documents when he was vice president under former President Barack Obama.
Reactions to reports of Klain’s departure quickly poured in on social media on Saturday, with Gaetz offering his theory of what Klain’s departure could mean for Biden’s future.
He tweeted that he believes this indicates the Democrats are willing to move away from Biden in favor of other potential candidates in the 2024 presidential race.
While Biden has said he intends to run for re-election, some Democrats have called for him to retire at the end of his first term. its popularity down.
“This is the main clue that what I said last week is probably true — the Deep State is shutting down Biden,” the GOP legislator tweeted. He was referring to a TBEN News interview where he speculated that Democrats could use the investigation of classified documents to “take out” Biden ahead of the 2024 race.
“I don’t know if that’s the case, but I don’t know if it isn’t,” he told TBEN News Digital on Thursday. “But just as Joe Biden is cementing the cement around his decision to run for president again, they are looking at what classified documents may have been stashed away eight years ago.”
Former Donald Trump attorney Jenna Ellis put forward a similar theory on Saturday, tweeting, “Ron Klain’s resignation is just a further indication that they are going to take out Biden with the classified documents scandal and then go after Trump.”
While polls point to Biden fatigue among many Democratic voters, no meaningful opposition has emerged within the party. Leading Democrats have delayed Biden’s decision, saying they wouldn’t take him in the first place if he chose to run — and primary challenges against an incumbent president don’t go well historically.
Despite the scrutiny of classified documents and concerns about whether Biden would be a strong candidate for 2024, his approval rating remained stable, making it harder for another Democratic candidate to gain traction. Still, many could step in if Biden announces a retirement.
News week reached out to the White House for comment.