President Joe Biden insists that the Republican Party is “vastly diminished” and that its leadership is “fractured” following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
During a press conference in Brussels on Monday, Biden was asked how he is reassuring foreign leaders that the next president will keep promises he made.
“People, as I’ve said before, don’t doubt that I mean what I say, and they believe that I keep my commitments when I say it. I’m not making any promises to anyone that I don’t believe are overwhelmingly likely to be kept,” Biden began.
He continued, “The leaders I’m dealing with in NATO and the G-7 are leaders who know our recent history, know generically the character of the American people. And know where the vast center of the public stands, not Democrat [or] Republican but who we are. We’re a decent, honorable nation. And I think that they have seen things happen, as we have, that shocked them and surprised them that could have happened.”
“But, I think they, like I do, believe the American people are not going to sustain that kind of behavior,” he added.
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He turned his attention to the Republican Party’s current standing, “I think it’s appropriate to say the Republican Party is vastly diminished in numbers. The leadership of the Republican Party is fractured. And the Trump wing of the party is the bulk of the party, but it makes up a significant minority of the American people.”
Biden has previously questioned how long the Republican Party will be around. During a press conference in March, he was asked if he expected he would run against former President Donald Trump in 2024.
“Oh, come on. I don’t even think about – I have no idea,” he responded. “I have no idea if there will be a Republican Party. Do you?”
As The Washington Post reports, following the Jan. 6 riot, there appeared to be a wave of voters abandoning the party based on records of people changing their party affiliation. However, those numbers have “normalized,” and there has been a “relatively little overall shift.”
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