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Biden should be ‘mopping the floor with Donald Trump,’ but is losing because of his age: Rep. Adam Schiff

Rep. Adam Schiff said that President Biden should be “mopping the floor” with former President Donald Trump and isn’t because of his age.

Schiff (D-Calif.), stopped short of calling on Biden, 81, to bow out of the race, but implored him to consult people with “distance and objectivity” for advice on whether to pass the torch.

“Given Joe Biden’s incredible record, given Donald Trump’s terrible record, he should be mopping the floor with Donald Trump. Joe Biden is running against a criminal. It should not be even close,” Schiff told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“There’s only one reason it is close, and that’s the President’s age.”

Biden is facing a reckoning over his age and concerns about his vitality in the aftermath of his debate against Trump late last month.

The president has insisted that he will remain in the race and that only the “Lord Almighty” can persuade him otherwise.

So far, five House Democrats have publicly called for Biden to drop out of the 2024 presidential election following his disastrous debate.

Schiff attempted to amp up the stakes of the Nov. 5 presidential electio, citing the Supreme Court’s decision last week to grant sitting presidents with absolute immunity for official acts.

“Either he has to win overwhelmingly, or he has to pass the torch to someone who can,” Schiff said.

“Because what the Supreme Court did in that decision was give the next occupant of that office — whether it’s Joe Biden or anyone else — nearly dictatorial power.”

Trump had sought presidential immunity from the high court to quash the 2020 election subversion case against him. The high court punted on whether that indictment was legitimate, and called for the lower courts to conduct further analysis.

Schiff, who is the Democratic nominee for California’s open Senate seat, commended Biden’s record as president.

“[Biden] has been an extraordinary president. He has created millions and millions of jobs. He has expanded and strengthened our NATO alliances. He has brought back manufacturing in this country. He has brought about the most aggressive attack on climate change,” he added.

Schiff, who is the Democratic nominee for California’s open Senate seat, commended Biden’s record as president.

During an interview with ABC News that aired last Friday, Biden downplayed his debate performance, explaining that he was “exhausted” and that it was merely a “bad episode.”

When pressed on how he’d feel in January 2025 if he lost the presidential election, Biden suggested that he’d be fine, “as long as I gave it my all and I did the good as job as I know I can do.”

Schiff did not seem pleased with that answer.

“That is the answer that most concerned me, as well. This is not just about whether he gave it the best college try, but rather whether he made the right decision to run or to pass the torch,” he said.

The Golden State Democrat also conveyed concerns about the down-ballot ramifications of Biden being the party standard bearer.

“There are concerns with the impact on down-ballot races if the President doesn’t do well,” he said. “At present, our down-ballot candidates in the Senate and House are doing well. They’re all ahead. They are running well ahead of the President, but you can only run so far ahead of the President.”

Without specifying what the “right decision” for Biden to make, Schiff argued that if “takes the time to consult people and has an open mind about this,” he “will do what Joe Biden always does” and “make the right decision.”

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