Whitmer Denies Telling Biden Campaign Michigan Is Lost After Debate Performance

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has strongly refuted claims that she told President Biden’s campaign he is going to lose Michigan in the upcoming election. Following a report by Politico, which suggested that Whitmer expressed doubts about Biden’s chances after his poor debate performance, Whitmer took to social media to clarify her stance.

“Anyone who claims I would say that we can’t win Michigan is full of s—,” Whitmer posted on X (formerly Twitter). “Let’s go.”

The Politico report detailed a call between Whitmer and Biden campaign Chair Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, in which Whitmer allegedly conveyed her belief that Michigan was no longer winnable for Biden following the debate. However, Whitmer has since insisted that she remains confident in Biden’s ability to secure the state in November.

Whitmer’s remarks come amid growing concerns within the Democratic Party about Biden’s reelection prospects. Despite her public show of support, the reported conversation has fueled speculation about internal discord and anxiety over Biden’s performance.

FOX News reported that Whitmer’s frustration stemmed from being mentioned as a potential replacement for Biden in the race after his debate showing. This internal tension highlights the Democrats’ struggle to maintain a unified front while privately grappling with the possibility of a challenging election ahead.

Political analyst Josh Kraushaar tweeted, “Whitmer had phoned O’Malley Dillon with more of an unambiguous SOS: to relay that Michigan, in the wake of the debate, was no longer winnable for Biden.” This sentiment was echoed by media figures who discussed the implications of Whitmer’s reported comments.

Despite the controversy, Whitmer is publicly standing by Biden. “Let’s go,” she urged on social media, reiterating her support for the president and his campaign.

As the election approaches, the Democratic Party faces the dual challenge of addressing internal concerns while projecting confidence to the public. Whitmer’s strong denial of the Politico report reflects the high stakes and pressures within the party as they navigate an uncertain political landscape.