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Discover the intriguing behind-the-scenes tactics of President Biden’s campaign! Explore the reasons behind his silence on Trump and what’s in store for their upcoming showdown. Dive into the high-stakes political strategy that’s making waves in this exclusive report.
Just over a week ago, former President Donald Trump faced arrest in Georgia on charges related to his alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The arrest generated significant media attention, with Trump arriving at Fulton County jail in a high-profile motorcade, posing for a widely circulated mug shot, and accusing President Joe Biden’s Justice Department of meddling in the election.
However, President Biden has chosen to maintain a strategic distance from this major political event, consistent with his longstanding approach of avoiding direct confrontations with Trump. Instead, he has allowed Trump to make his own case against Biden, as Trump eyes a potential re-election bid in 2024.
Biden’s reserved stance extends beyond Trump’s legal troubles. He rarely mentions Trump by name and refrains from responding to Trump’s attacks. Biden’s closest advisors have decided to stay out of the day-to-day political fray until the spring, following a strategy reminiscent of former President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Some Democrats are concerned that this approach could allow Trump’s relentless attacks to shape public perception.
However, Biden’s campaign plans to change its messaging strategy after Labor Day, aiming to directly contrast with Trump. Until then, Biden has primarily focused on defending democracy and promoting his vision for America. Polls indicate a close hypothetical general election matchup between Trump and Biden, leading to warnings from some Democrats, including Obama, against underestimating Trump’s political strength.
For now, Biden’s campaign emphasizes issues like abortion and the economy, occasionally featuring Trump in campaign ads. Nevertheless, there are concerns within the Democratic Party about the campaign’s limited hiring efforts in key states.
A significant aspect of Biden’s strategy is to reshape public perception of the economy, as polls indicate that he receives little credit in this area and his approval ratings remain low. Even in private fundraising events, Biden rarely mentions Trump.
The White House and Biden’s campaign have jointly decided that Biden should primarily focus on promoting his accomplishments and vision, while the campaign addresses Trump’s attacks. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) plays a pivotal role, supporting the campaign and expanding its staffing and operations in battleground states, building on infrastructure developed during the 2022 midterms.
In contrast, Trump and his allies continue to accuse Biden of abusing power and benefiting his family, with a particular focus on Hunter Biden’s legal issues. They also raise concerns about Biden’s age and mental fitness.
Biden’s silence regarding Trump’s legal problems is partly rooted in the belief that discussing indictments could undermine the gravity of the cases. Some strategists draw parallels to the 2004 swift boating of John Kerry, where allegations went unchallenged for too long and shaped public perception.
While some Democrats endorse Biden’s strategy of not directly engaging with Trump’s legal matters, others argue that strong leadership and pushback are necessary. Data suggests that many Americans take the charges against Trump seriously, and Biden may risk giving more oxygen to Trump’s attacks.
Nevertheless, Biden’s team believes that focusing on the issues, criticizing “Republican extremists,” and allowing the legal system to take its course will ultimately serve their campaign well. They argue that Biden’s approach aligns with the strategy that helped him secure victory in 2020.
This article was originally published on NBCNews.com