"Stunningly worse than I expected": "View" hosts want Biden to "step aside" after disastrous debate

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin felt like she was duped into believing that Biden was well prepared for debate

By Nardos Haile

Staff Writer

Published June 28, 2024 3:32PM (EDT)

Alyssa Farrah Griffin on "The View" (ABC/Lou Rocco)
Alyssa Farrah Griffin on "The View" (ABC/Lou Rocco)

"The View" hosts have strong words for President Joe Biden after his lackluster performance at the first presidential debate with Donald Trump.

At the start of the show, co-host Sara Haines said, “It was really hard to watch and it pains me to say this today, but I think President Biden needs to step down and be replaced. If we want to defeat Donald Trump in November then I absolutely think that."

However, Haines said she would still vote for Biden if he was up against Trump in November because "the alternative is too scary for me." 

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin agreed with Haines, stating she was “genuinely shocked” by Biden’s performance. She described it “stunningly worse than I expected.” She also emphasized that Trump's performance was disturbing and “lied his way through it” but Biden's cognitive health concerns outweigh Trump's lies. "I feel duped!" Griffin said about the White House's press stating that Biden was well prepared for the debate.

While co-host Sunny Hostin noted that the debate was a loss for Biden, she was the only panelist who said Biden should "maybe" step down. However, she pointed out, "I think it's really ironic that the party that should be pressuring their candidate is the Republican party. Their nominee is a convicted felon.

“Why are we as Democrats — those of us who are Democrats — calling for our nominee to change?” she asked.

“Because he’s losing!” Griffin responded.

In response, host Ava Navarro said, “Until Joe Biden tells me he’s giving up, I’m not giving up on Joe Biden. To me, the binary choice remains the same."

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