White House Chief of Staff and longtime Biden advisor Ron Klain saw French President Emmanuel Macron’s successful reelection as good news for his boss.
This week Macron secured reelection against right wing challenger Marine Le Pen, who secured an unprecedented percentage of the vote, especially with young people, but did not come close to unseating the current embattled president.
Macron has presided over years of protests – first Yellow Vest protesters, now anti-COVID passport and lockdown protesters – that have seen his approval rating plummet to 36%.
Such an unpopular man retaining his office is good news for Biden, says Klain.
“An interesting observation,” wrote Klain. “President Macron appears to have secured a double-digit victory over LePen, at a time when his approval rating is 36%. Hmmm….”
An interesting observation, just FYI.
President Macron appears to have secured a double-digit victory over LePen, at a time when his approval rating is 36%. Hmmm….https://t.co/N50u8He5gW
— Ronald Klain (@WHCOS) April 24, 2022
The Biden White House’s approval numbers are similarly in the toilet.
A recent poll shows only 39% of Americans support Joe Biden’s job performance, while 55% of the country disapproves.
The news is similarly bad for Kamala Harris, who is 18 points further underwater than her boss. A new poll from The Trafalgar Group shows that 28.5% of voters approve of Kamala harris, while 62.6% disapprove.
Klain is a longtime Democrat operative who now serves as Biden’s Chief of Staff. He began working in presidential politics during the Clinton administration, ultimately overseeing President Bill Clinton’s judicial nominations as Associate Counsel to the President.
He served Biden’s campaign as a COVID-19 advisor before joining his administration.
Many pointed out to the longtime political operative that Le Pen was a controversial candidate whose approval numbers were similarly underwater, and that France’s politics are rarely analogous to the United States’.
Bruh, LePen’s negatives were just as bad, maybe worse.
— Election Wizard 🇺🇸 (@ElectionWiz) April 24, 2022
yeah I don’t think you get how french elections work
— Jonathon Snyder (@JonathonSnyder) April 24, 2022
Some Democrats were less optimistic than Klain, and suggested that Democrats’ only hope for Biden to secure reelection is for Republicans to take radical, unpopular action between now and 2024.
“Let’s not take comfort in this. Anything can happen,” wrote one user. “If Roe v Wade is overturned, and the Jan 6 hearings are explosive, we might have a chance.”
Let's not take comfort in this. Anything can happen. If Roe v Wade is overturned, and the Jan 6 hearings are explosive, we might have a chance.
— Jenn 🇺🇦🌻🇺🇦 (@jiffypop2109) April 24, 2022
Despite uncertain reelection prospects, Biden reportedly told his former boss President Barack Obama that he intends to run for reelection, as reported last week.
If he does decide to run again, Biden, 79, would be 82 when launching his reelection campaign. He would be 86 when leaving his second term in office.