Trump, this Tuesday at the White House.Polaris (Europa Press)
First the goal was Bernie Sanders, since his good results in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada seemed to make him the candidate to beat. At that time, Donald Trump called the Vermont senator “crazy” and “socialist” (yes, the term is pejorative in American politics), among many other qualifying adjectives. But with Joe Biden’s resurrection after the South Carolina primaries and his great result on Super Tuesday, both the president and his re-election campaign have turned the focus of his attacks on former Vice President Barack Obama.
Trump’s electoral counter-campaign is based on developing a total discredit operation that ran between voters and was already used against Hillary Clinton in 2016, when the physical health of the aspiring Democrat to the White House was questioned. Former advisers to the former secretary of state have already warned the Biden team that they need to take the matter with the utmost seriousness. “Biden is not responding to verbal aggressions and needs to do so because these gossip penetrates public opinion,” explains Philippe Reines, Clinton’s chief advisor in 2016.RELATED
The president has continually questioned the ability of Biden, 77, to the point of declaring in his rallies that, if elected, the Democrat will eventually rule the country from a nursing home. These attacks also include references to the blunders of the exsenador. “I don’t want to be too critical,” Trump explained wryly last week during a Fox News interview. “But to be honest, I’ve never seen anything like it,” the tycoon said of the former vice president. That same argument is repeated as an echo by advisors, friends and family of the president: Biden is gaga.
The insinuations, of greater or lesser depth, were raised to the limit last weekend when, according to Politico, the president questioned in his residence in Florida before more than 500 patrons of the Republican Party the mental capacity of Joe Biden. Suddenly, it was no longer just the famous qualifier with which Trump has long qualified the former vice president, Sleepy Joe (sleepy, lethargic). Trump went a step further and also argued on Twitter to write that Biden did not know where he was or what day he lived or what he was doing. “Frankly, I don’t even think he knows what position he is competing for.”
Trump gave examples that, in his opinion, proved Biden’s inability to face the rigors of an election campaign and of course to access the presidency. The president quoted the mistake made by the Democratic candidate when during the last debate in Columbia (South Carolina) he said that since 2007 more than 150 million Americans had died from firearms. He also entered the list of mistakes mentioned by the president when Biden confused his wife with her sister on the stage of his victory of the super Tuesday.
And, of course: Ukraine. When the three-time Democratic nomination candidate lives his glory days, Trump has marked on his counter-campaign agenda using “all the time” and making the discrediting of Hunter, son of Biden, for his role “a main issue” in a gas company in Ukraine. Republicans in turn have insisted that they will redouble their research on the Biden and Burisma, the aforementioned company. What neither the president nor the Republicans mention is that Trump was subjected to an impeachment for trying to force a foreign government to investigate his political rival.
In one of his latest tweets, already launched into hyperbole, Trump has described the Administration of Barack Obama and Joe Biden as “the most corrupt in history.” For Jennifer Palmieri, communications director for the 2016 Clinton campaign, cited by Politico, the attacks Trump has been launching for months will have highly questionable results among Democratic and independent voters. “Trump’s campaign team has been hitting Biden and his family hard for more than a year and it doesn’t seem like he made a dent in the voters,” Palmieri explains, adding that if the opposite has happened.
For the moment, the insults continue, and not just Biden. From Sanders to candidates who have already retired – such as Mike Bloomberg, of whom the president said that the only thing he took away from the campaign was the nickname that he had given him: mini Mike – they are part of the epicenter of the attacks on Trump What has changed is the cessation of large rallies in the cities where primaries are held. Whether as a result of wanting to avoid large crowds due to the coronavirus epidemic or as a strategy, for the first time in many months there will be no rally of Donald Trump in the states of Michigan, Idaho, North Dakota, Missouri, Mississippi and Washington, where the primaries are held this Tuesday. In all of the previous caucuses, Trump was thoroughly employed in the State that designated the nomination winner.