The editorial board of The New York Times has urged President Joe Biden to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race following his lackluster performance in the recent debate. In an article titled “For the Sake of the Nation, President Biden Should Step Aside,” the left-leaning newspaper highlighted Biden’s weak showing as the primary motivation for their recommendation.

“As it stands, the president is engaged in a reckless gamble. There are Democratic leaders better equipped to present clear, compelling and energetic alternatives to a second Trump presidency,” the editorial board wrote. “There is no reason for the party to risk the stability and security of the country by forcing voters to choose between Mr. Trump’s deficiencies and those of Mr. Biden. It’s too big a bet to simply hope Americans will overlook or discount Mr. Biden’s age and infirmity that they see with their own eyes.”

According to the newspaper, if a younger Democrat were to drop out, it would represent Biden’s most significant contribution to the public.

“The president’s performance cannot be written off as a bad night or blamed on a supposed cold, because it affirmed concerns that have been mounting for months or even years. Even when Mr. Biden tried to lay out his policy proposals, he stumbled. It cannot be outweighed by other public appearances because he has limited and carefully controlled his public appearances,” they wrote.

The Times editorial mocked and belittled President Trump, while pointing out that Biden is inadequate for the job.

“Democrats who have deferred to Mr. Biden must now find the courage to speak plain truths to the party’s leader. The confidantes and aides who have encouraged the president’s candidacy, and who sheltered him from unscripted appearances in public, should recognize the damage to Mr. Biden’s standing and the unlikelihood that he can repair it,” they wrote.