Biden Pivots to Attacking Trump in California

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Elections|Biden, sliding successful the polls, pivoted backmost to attacking Trump by sanction successful California.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/14/us/elections/biden-approval-rating-trump.html

Sept. 14, 2021, 11:46 a.m. ET

Sept. 14, 2021, 11:46 a.m. ET

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President Biden campaigned for Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, who is facing a callback election. The president compared Mr. Newsom’s starring hostile to a clone of erstwhile President Donald J. Trump.CreditCredit...Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Biden embraced Gov. Gavin Newsom’s go-to governmental maneuver successful this week’s callback predetermination during a travel to California connected Monday — tying the starring Republican contender, the right-wing speech vigor big Larry Elder, to Donald Trump.

“All of you cognize successful the past twelvemonth I got to tally against the existent Donald Trump,” said Mr. Biden astatine a rally successful Long Beach, sweeping a manus implicit his bluish blazer and tieless formal garment to outline the motion of the cross. “Well, this twelvemonth the starring Republican moving for politician is the closest happening to a Trump clone that I’ve ever seen successful your state.”

Earlier successful Mr. Biden’s term, erstwhile his support ratings were high, helium took pains to debar adjacent muttering his predecessor’s name, referring to him, comically, arsenic the “former guy.” But now, aft a descent successful nationalist support pursuing the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, the president has returned to the unvarnished anti-Trump connection that helped get him elected successful 2020.

It is simply a connection Democratic legislature candidates are expected to hammer successful the 2022 midterms — that they, for each their flaws, are the lone ones lasting betwixt a instrumentality of Trump and his acolytes.

“He’s the clone of Donald Trump,” Mr. Biden said of Mr. Elder. “Can you ideate him being politician of this state? You can’t fto that happen.”

It didn’t instrumentality agelong for Mr. Trump to chime in; helium issued a connection Tuesday that criticized Mr. Newsom’s h2o absorption policies and returned to a acquainted theme: The predetermination is rigged.

At the aforesaid time, though, helium predicted a Newsom win.

“People don’t recognize that, contempt the Rigged voting successful California (I telephone it the ‘Swarming Ballots’), I got 1.5 Million much votes successful 2020 than I did successful 2016,” Mr. Trump said. “The spot is truthful Rigged, however, that a feline who can’t adjacent bring h2o into their State, which I got national support to do (that is the hard part), volition astir apt win.”

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