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Fetterman to Carville: ‘Shut the eff up’ about Biden in 2024

By Jake Beardslee · December 27, 2023

In brief…

  • Fetterman told Carville to "shut the eff up" about Biden's 2024 viability
  • Called Carville's criticisms of Biden unhelpful
  • Said he doesn't identify as a progressive Democrat anymore
  • Cited policy splits within Democratic Party
Fetterman's provocative interview highlighted growing divisions among Democrats over policy and electoral strategy for 2024.  Governor Tom Wolf/Wikimedia

Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) recently criticized veteran Democratic strategist James Carville for his comments questioning President Biden’s viability as a 2024 candidate. In an interview with Politico, Fetterman bluntly told Carville to “shut the eff up,” dismissing him as irrelevant.

Fetterman stated that he was not concerned about polls showing Biden trailing former President Trump. “There’s a whole lifetime in politics between now and next November,” he said, expressing confidence in Biden’s strengths as president.

Carville has repeatedly argued that Democrats should address concerns about Biden’s age and falling popularity. At 81, Biden is the oldest president in U.S. history. Carville believes Biden’s prospects in 2024 need open discussion, saying previously, according to The Washington Post, “The idea that this should not be aired out and should be discussed in hushed tones is ludicrous,” stating further, “this needs to be discussed.”

In the Politico interview, Fetterman strongly defended Biden, calling him “an incredibly strong and decent and excellent president.” He said Carville’s criticisms were unhelpful.

In recent polls, President Biden is trailing behind former President Trump, who is considered the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. The polls show Biden losing to Trump both nationally and in critical swing states.