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'This guy can't get enough of losing': Biden intensifies his attacks on Trump amid troubling polls

2023-11-12T16:23:16.711Z

Highlights: 'This guy can't get enough of losing': Biden intensifies his attacks on Trump amid troubling polls. "You can't let Trump slap you in the face without hitting him back," said a source familiar with the campaign plans of the president, who many believe must toughen up if he wants to be re-elected. Biden criticized Trump beyond the political issue during an event Thursday with the auto union UAW, having privately expressed concern that unionists might prefer the former president. Biden has previously called himself "the most pro-union president in history"


"You can't let Trump slap you in the face without hitting him back," said a source familiar with the campaign plans of the president, who many believe must toughen up if he wants to be re-elected.


By Carol E. Lee and Kristen Welker - NBC News

President Joe Biden seems to be entering election campaign mode with more intensity: he is already attacking and plans to attack his likely Republican opponent in the 2024 presidential election, former President Donald Trump, many more.

Biden's strategy responds to recommendations from some of his allies who in recent days have urged him to hit Trump harder in his speeches, according to five sources familiar with the matter.

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Biden criticized Trump beyond the political issue during an event Thursday with the auto union UAW, having privately expressed concern that unionists might prefer the former president. He also took a more combative approach in his criticism of Trump during a fundraiser later that day, saying, "Ever since I decided to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump, we haven't stopped winning."

"The truth is, this guy doesn't get tired of losing," Biden added.

The president was encouraged last week when the Democrats' victories in the local and state elections were announced, after a series of polls showed Trump as the front-runner in states that could define the election. .

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"Their internal strife is starting to erupt," said a Biden ally close to the White House. Some of the president's supporters have tried to get him to express that energy in his public events.

"We'd all like to see him inject a little more energy into his speeches and appearances," said another Biden ally close to the White House.

And one Democratic strategist said, "The path to a stronger policy position is a more contrasting message to Trump."

"Re-electing Biden in the abstract is not as powerful a message as re-electing President Biden versus Donald Trump," the strategist said.

As Biden prepared for his meeting with the auto union, he saw an opportunity to do more than just tout what he has done for union workers, a person familiar with the matter said.

He had already planned to criticize Trump for his record on manufacturing jobs, a line of attack he plans to continue. Biden has previously called himself "the most pro-union president in history."

"When you were in the middle of the strike, I and others stood with you, shoulder to shoulder. My predecessor went to a non-union shop and attacked them," Biden told the union. "I hope you remember this. What I've done matters."

A White House official said the president does not yet plan to become fully involved in the campaign against Trump until early next year. "Not every day at every event, but we'll look for opportunities to do that," the official said.

Biden has been talking this past week with people outside the White House who have advised him to start launching harsh attacks on Trump, and not wait until next year, according to two people familiar with the talks.

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"You can't let Trump slap you in the face without hitting him back," said the ally, who argues that Biden's fight is starting to come to light. "It's getting harder. He wants to answer you."

People familiar with the campaign's planning said the president will continue to attack Trump not only on economic issues, but also on others such as abortion. Biden on Thursday criticized Trump for his record on the issue, in which voters overwhelmingly favored Democrats last Tuesday.

"The only reason abortion is banned in America is because of Donald Trump," Biden said at a campaign fundraiser Thursday. "The reason why, for the first time in history, the American people have been stripped of their fundamental rights is Donald Trump."

Source: telemundo

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