Leading Democrats are jumping ship as concerns over President Joe Biden’s ability to lead have spread following his catastrophic debate performance against Republican rival Donald Trump.

According to a bombshell report by Axios, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been privately signaling to Democrat donors that he is open to replacing Biden at the top of the ticket.

Revelations of Schumer’s wavering support come as a shock, given his long-standing camaraderie with Biden spanning over two decades. However, the top senator’s main concerns reportedly lie in defeating Trump and retaining a Democrat majority in the Senate, even if it means sacrificing his loyalty to the president.

In an interview with Fox News, Schumer attempted to walk back his betrayal by claiming the allegations are false. 

“As I have made clear repeatedly publicly and privately, I support President Biden and remain committed to ensuring Donald Trump is defeated in November,” he said.

Regardless, a growing number of prominent Democrat leaders have publicly and privately questioned Biden’s ability to lead.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insinuated this week that a decision has yet to be made on whether Biden will seek re-election, despite the president repeatedly assuring voters that he will stay in the race. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) suggested that Biden must “seriously consider” his political future, while Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released a statement urging Biden to preserve his legacy while still giving Democrats a fighting chance to win in November.

Whether Biden can handle uniting his fractured party remains to be seen.

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