Rejecting Rick Scott’s call to resign, Joe Biden says the Senator ‘has a problem’

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Scott's plan to 'rescue America' has become cannon fodder for the President.

The war of words continued Tuesday between Democratic President Joe Biden and Republican Sen. Rick Scott about Scott’s 11-point plan to rescue America.

Ahead of a speech Tuesday, Scott called for Biden to resign from office over an inability to quell inflation. Biden centered some of his speech around Scott’s proposal to expand income tax and periodically review whether entitlement programs should still exist, leading Scott to issue a call for Biden to step down.

The President dismissed the suggestion in a Q&A with White House reporters Tuesday after his remarks.

“Resign? That’s a good idea,” a smiling Biden quipped Tuesday when confronted with Scott’s call to leave office over the inflation crisis.

Asked a follow-up, Biden said “I think the man has a problem.”

Scott addressed the President’s comments on Fox News’s “Outnumbered,” saying Biden “took no responsibility” and “has no plan.”

“He was confusing. He put out no ideas,” Scott said.

Scott’s been hit from the right regarding his proposal as well. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denounced it soon after its introduction, saying it would not be part of the Republican agenda if (or when) the GOP regains the Senate majority.

Pressed by host Harris Faulkner about Biden yoking Republicans to the Scott proposal, Scott said it “clearly is not the platform for the Republican Party.”

Scott urged the President’s resignation ahead of the speech.

“It’s simple. The most effective thing Joe Biden can do to solve the inflation crisis he created is resign. He’s the problem. Getting him out of office is a quick and easy solution,” Scott urged. “Let’s be honest here. Joe Biden is unwell. He’s unfit for office. He’s incoherent, incapacitated and confused. He doesn’t know where he is half the time. He’s incapable of leading and he’s incapable of carrying out his duties. Period.”

The President also misspoke during the speech regarding Scott’s location, erroneously saying he was from Wisconsin and not Florida.

Scott addressed that gaffe in a tweet, saying Biden was “only off by 1,000 miles.”

Independently of the television hit or the tweet, Scott invited Biden to Florida to “debate” inflation on Tuesday, as the President spoke.

“I’m glad we’re having a discussion about Joe Biden’s inflation and the impact it’s having on hardworking Americans. We know that Joe Biden can be rolled up to the podium and give a speech from a teleprompter — albeit with a notable amount of rambling incoherence. But I believe the American people deserve a real debate on this issue,” Scott urged.

Hours after the President’s statement, Scott offered another Twitter comeback, finally responding to the President saying Scott had a “problem.”

“I do have a problem. I have a problem with a weak, incoherent & confused president crushing the dreams of American families with raging inflation & doing NOTHING to fix it. Biden is a failed president & it’s time for him to resign,” Scott urged.

Other major Florida Republicans are embracing at least the spirit of the Scott critique.

Asked about Scott’s call for Biden’s resignation, a Gov. Ron DeSantis spokesperson noted that the current Governor was on record with various critiques of the White House.

“Governor DeSantis has made many public statements on President Biden and the failures of his administration. All I have to add at this time: It is alarming that the President apparently believes Senator Rick Scott represents Wisconsin, which is nowhere near Florida,” asserted Christina Pushaw.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


4 comments

  • tom palmer

    May 10, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Trump should have resigned before he got impeached twice. Anyone who believes the President has much control over international stock markets and the oil companies and even some of the half-witted politicians who are calling for tax cuts, all of which cause inflation to soar are ignorant.

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  • pope whatshisname

    May 10, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Just for discussion, let’s say that everything the Senator has said is true. The President still stands head and shoulders above his predecessor in terms of ability, responsibility, integrity, basic honesty and ability. That statement also applies to most potential candidates from the opposition party in 2024. The Senator should observe the tradition of manners and decorum that used to mark the United States Senate, and refrain from speaking when he has nothing constructive to offer.

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    • Wayne liebnitzky

      May 10, 2022 at 8:19 pm

      The current man that occupies the white house is incompetent. His medical decline is obvious to everyone including our enemies. He is a danger to our safety. For those that think not you must not have family members serving in the military and can not think thru it.

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  • Ocean Joe

    May 11, 2022 at 5:33 am

    Uncle Fester should set an example for Biden by resigning first, then return his $300,000,000 golden parachute to HCA, and then sit down and answer all 74 questions.
    If he was CEO, and the same micro-manager he was as governor, HCA should not have rewarded him for steering the outfit into that Medicare imbroglio.
    Then, if this act of contrition occurs, perhaps Biden should at least recognize his own limitations and stop claiming he will run for a second term and take Feinstein, Grassley, Leahy and a few other fossils with him.
    Uncle Fester gets his Chutzpah merit badge for the suggestion.

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