These Democratic lawmakers have publicly called for Biden to drop out of the race

These Democratic lawmakers have publicly called for Biden to drop out of the race
  • Democratic members of Congress are still calling on Biden to drop out of the race.

  • 19 of them have done so as of Friday, July 11.

  • Other lawmakers are flatly predicting that Biden will lose to Trump.

President Joe Biden is facing calls to drop out of the presidential race from House Democrats following his disastrous debate performance in June.

It began on Tuesday, July 2, when Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas became the first member of Congress to call for Biden's withdrawal. In a statement, he praised the president's record of accomplishments but said an "authoritarian takeover" would come if former President Donald Trump won.

"Too much is at stake to risk a Trump victory — too great a risk to assume that what could not be turned around in a year, what was not turned around in the debate, can be turned around now," Doggett said. He later said on NBC that some of his House colleagues privately agreed with him.

That next day, Doggett was joined by Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, who told the New York Times that the debate represented an "opportunity to look elsewhere."

"What he needs to do is shoulder the responsibility for keeping that seat — and part of that responsibility is to get out of this race," said Grijalva. Both men are in their mid-to-late 70s and represent solidly Democratic seats.

Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts later joined them, telling a local radio affiliate that Biden should "step aside to let new leaders rise up and run against Donald Trump."

On Friday, July 5, shortly before Biden's interview with ABC News was set to air, Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois said on MSBNC that Biden should "let someone else do this."

And the following Saturday morning, Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota became the first swing-district Democrat to call on Biden to withdraw, saying in a statement that she does "not believe that the President can effectively campaign and win against Donald Trump."

Separately, two members of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition — Reps. Jared Golden of Maine and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez of Washington — said that they believe Biden will lose to Trump, but did not explicitly call on him to withdraw. Sen. Michael Bennett of Colorado went on CNN to say the same thing.

Golden went as far as to say that he is "OK" with Trump winning, saying he rejects the idea that Trump is a "unique threat to our democracy."

On Wednesday, July 10, Sen. Peter Welch of Vermont became the first Democratic senator to call for Biden to drop out.

And on Thursday, July 11, six more House Democrats called on Biden to step aside, including two who did so immediately after his high-stakes press conference.

If Biden were to step aside, Vice President Kamala Harris is one of several Democratic contenders who could replace him.

Here's a full list of the 18 House Democrats who have publicly called on Biden to drop out:

  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas

  • Rep. Raúl Grijalva of Arizona

  • Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts

  • Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois

  • Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota

  • Rep. Adam Smith of Washington

  • Rep. Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey

  • Rep. Pat Ryan of New York

  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon

  • Rep. Hillary Scholten of Michigan

  • Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois

  • Rep. Ed Case of Hawaii

  • Rep. Greg Stanton of Arizona

  • Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut

  • Rep. Scott Peters of California

  • Rep. Eric Sorensen of Illinois

  • Rep. Brittany Pettersen of Colorado

  • Rep. Mike Levin of California

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