Former Hillary Aide Claims Debate Setup Was “Soft Coup” by Democrats to Replace Biden

In a controversial statement, a former aide to Hillary Clinton has alleged that the setup for the recent debate was a strategic move by Democrats to potentially replace President Joe Biden. This claim was made by Vivek Ramaswamy during a Fox News interview, where he described the debate as a "Hail Mary" attempt to salvage Biden's struggling campaign. He suggested that the unusually early timing of the debate was designed to give the Democrats enough time to substitute Biden with another candidate if he underperforms​.

Ramaswamy argued that the debate was orchestrated by CNN to portray Biden in the best possible light, but also as a last-ditch effort to evaluate his viability as the Democratic nominee. According to him, this aligns with a broader plot within the Democratic Party to ensure they have a capable candidate ready to step in should Biden fail to boost his sagging poll numbers​​.

This assertion comes amid growing concerns about Biden's cognitive abilities and overall fitness for office. Dr. Ziad Nasreddine, inventor of the cognitive test that Donald Trump famously took, has recommended that Biden undergo a similar assessment. Nasreddine emphasized the importance of such tests to reassure the public about the mental fitness of their leaders, especially given Biden's recent public gaffes​​.

The debate, which is set to take place earlier than any previous presidential debate in U.S. history, has sparked significant debate about its true purpose. Critics argue that it reflects the Democrats' desperation as Biden's approval ratings continue to plummet, with many voters expressing dissatisfaction with his handling of the economy and other key issues​​.

Moreover, the Biden campaign has set stringent conditions for the debate, including the exclusion of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a move that Trump has criticized. Trump has expressed his willingness to have Kennedy participate, provided he meets the necessary support criteria, highlighting the internal conflicts within the Democratic Party​​.

Adding to the speculation, past instances where Democratic officials have simulated various election scenarios reveal a pattern of contingency planning. Notably, during a Transition Integrity Project exercise, Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman, John Podesta, reportedly refused to concede a hypothetical Biden loss, suggesting drastic measures such as the secession of West Coast states​​.

The Biden administration's policies and their impacts on various sectors, from energy to consumer goods, have also come under scrutiny. The failure of several ambitious projects, including offshore wind initiatives, has further strained Biden's public image, contributing to the narrative that the party might be seeking a more viable candidate for the upcoming election​​.

As the political landscape heats up, these developments underscore the high stakes and strategic maneuvering within both major parties as they prepare for the 2024 presidential election. The outcome of the upcoming debate and Biden's performance could significantly influence the Democrats' strategy moving forward.