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“CBS Mornings” is remembering the historic life of singer, actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. The crooner affectionately known as the “King of Calypso” died of congestive heart failure, his publicist said. Belafonte was 96. Vlad Duthiers reports on his legacy.

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President Biden is ending his reelection campaign and has thrown his support behind Vice President Kamala Harris, endorsing her for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. CBS News political contributor Joel Payne has more on that.

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President Biden’s unprecedented announcement on Sunday that he is dropping out of the 2024 presidential race prompted reactions from both sides of the aisle. 

Here’s how Republican Senators, members of Congress and high-profile party members are reacting to the president’s decision to leave the race just weeks before the Democratic Convention, handing his endorsement to Vice President Kamala Harris.

Former President Donald Trump

In a post to his social media platform, former President Donald Trump, the 2024 Republican presidential nominee, lambasted Mr. Biden.

“Crooked Joe Biden was not fit to run for president, and is certainly not fit to serve – And never was!” Trump wrote. “He only attained the position of President by lies, Fake News, and not leaving his Basement.”

Trump added that “we will suffer greatly because of his presidency,” but that Republicans “will remedy the damage.”

In a phone call with CNN minutes after Biden announced his exit from the 2024 race, former Trump said, “He goes down as the single worst president by far in the history of our country.”

Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana

House Speaker Johnson said Mr. Biden’s announcement posed “an unprecedented juncture in American history” and claimed the president’s decision invalidated the votes of millions of Americans who selected Biden as the Democratic nominee. 

“The party’s prospects are no better now with Vice President Kamala Harris, who co-owns the disastrous policy failures of the Biden Administration,” Johnson said in a statement, calling on Mr. Biden to resign immediately. 

“If Joe Biden is not fit to run for President, he is not fit to serve as President,” Johnson wrote, adding, “November 5 cannot arrive soon enough.”

Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise claimed that Democratic party leaders had “absolutely no respect for their own voters.”

“After lecturing others about democracy, they just forced Joe Biden off the ticket, trashing the primary choice of 14 million of their own voters,” Scalise said in a statement.

“For years, Democrats and their partners in the media maligned Americans who questioned the President’s fitness based on what they saw with their own eyes as conspiracy theorists,” Scalise wrote. “Every single one of these people – especially Vice President Harris – who participated in this cover up must answer for their involvement.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York

Rep. Stefanik, the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House, also claimed that Mr. Biden’s announcement shows he isn’t fit to currently serve as president. 

“If Joe Biden can’t run for re-election, he is unable and unfit to serve as President of the United States,” Stefanik said in a statement, urging Mr. Biden to “immediately resign.”

“Every elected Democrat in America owns Joe Biden’s failed and feckless record causing the border crisis, Bidenflation, and chaos and weakness around the world,” she wrote. “President Trump will win this November to save America.”

Sen. Steve Daines of Montana

Sen. Daines formally called on Mr. Biden to resign, saying the president “is no longer capable of serving as President.”

“Being President is the hardest job in the world, and I no longer have confidence that Joe Biden can effectively execute his duties as Commander-in-Chief,” Daines said in a statement. “It is out of concern for our country’s national security that I am formally calling on President Biden to resign from office.”

“It has also been striking that none of the Senate Democrats who served with Vice President Harris have called for her to replace President Biden,” Daines added, saying he had doubts about Harris’s ability to serve as president. 

NRCC Chairman Richard Hudson

Richard Hudson, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman, said in a statement, “This is a scandal of historic proportions – our president is incapacitated, Democrats knew, and they lied to the American people to cover it up. Voters will neither forgive nor forget the ultimate betrayal of their trust.”

“Judgment day is coming in November, when Americans will hand down Democrats’ ultimate punishment: Donald Trump in the White House and a larger House Republican majority,” Hudson wrote, adding, “If the president is mentally unfit to campaign, he is mentally unfit to have the nuclear codes. Every House Democrat must now answer: is the president fit to serve the rest of his term?”



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What led to Biden dropping out of presidential race, endorsing Kamala Harris

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President Biden made a historic announcement Sunday, deciding to end his reelection campaign and endorse Vice President Kamala Harris for president. CBS News’ Nancy Cordes and Willie James Inman along with BET anchor Ed Gordon, who interviewed Biden this past week, discuss the president’s decision.

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