Biden Ghosts South Carolina, Voters Don’t Mind

President Joe Biden planned to skip the Democratic National Committee’s victory party in South Carolina Saturday after what strategists expected to be a decisive win for Biden in the Democrats’ first-in-the-nation results for 2024.

The Washington Examiner spoke with about two dozen South Carolina voters over the past week to get a sense of their feelings about the president skipping the DNC party, none of whom said it mattered to them or would affect their vote.

“Wasn’t he just here?” one man asked the Examiner while he waited in line to vote at an early voting spot in Richland County. “I’m sure President Biden is very busy,” said a woman there. “This is just something y’all are just trying to pull out of thin air, making a big stink about nothing.”

The man and woman asked not to be named for the Examiner’s story, but the woman said she attended a church event where Biden spoke the previous Sunday. While Biden crisscrossed the state for last-minute appearances, the campaign also sent Vice President Kamala Harris to South Carolina ahead of the primary.

“The former president openly talks about his admiration for dictators and has vowed that he will be a dictator on day one,” Harris stated while delivering her typical stump speech anti-Trump remarks.

“As the great Maya Angelou said, ‘When someone tells you who they are, believe them the first time,’” said Harris. “Well, the former president has told us who he is, and it is on us then to recognize the profound threat he poses to our democracy and our freedoms.”

Biden’s campaign is counting on a big win in the Palmetto State. According to Bakari Sellers, a Democrat political analyst and former South Carolina House representative, “His campaign has done a really good job of meeting voters where they are. I’ve been impressed with his visibility, surrogates’ visibility, the vice president, secretaries — they’re literally doing the work.”

At a dinner in Columbia a week ago, Biden said, “I wouldn’t be here without the Democratic voters of South Carolina, and that’s a fact. You’re the reason I am president.”