Donald Trump called Joe Biden “mentally retarded” in the 2020 election, a new book says, but is reluctant to attack him too much for fear that Democrats will replace him with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama.
Biden went on to beat Trump by more than 7 million in the popular vote and 306-232 in the electoral college, a result Trump considered hypersensitive when he was in his favor against Clinton in 201
Trump refused to accept defeat, spreading the lie that it was the result of electoral fraud. The lie led to the deadly Capitol attack on Jan. 6 by a mob that Trump said was “fighting like hell” and a second impeachment. Trump has been acquitted of inciting the uprising and remains eligible to run.
He heads the polls of the Republican nominees for 2024 and returns to public speaking. On Monday, Forbes announced a planned tour with former Fox News presenter Bill O’Reilly, who left the network amid allegations of sexual abuse.
Honestly, we won this election: The inside story of how Trump lost, by Michael Bender of the Wall Street Journal, will be published in August. Trump was among those interviewed for the book. Vanity Fair published an excerpt on Monday.
Previous revelations include that Fox News presenter Sean Hannity, who was convicted of campaigning with Trump, wrote an advertisement for Trump’s campaign.
Bender writes that Trump interrupted the White House meeting to ask, “How do I lose my mental retardation?”
The idea that Democrats will replace Biden reportedly came from Dick Morris, a former adviser to Bill Clinton who migrated to the right and who unofficially advised Trump.
“Dick Morris told Trump that Biden was too old and too prone to blunders to be nominated,” Bender wrote.
Biden was 78 when he became the oldest president to ever take the oath. Trump turns 75 next week.
Bender added that Trump believes his attacks on Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the start of the Democratic League were too successful. Trump gave Warren the racist nickname Pocahontas based on her claims of Native American descent.
Thinking Warren would be an easier opponent, Bender writes, Trump worried about aides who Democrats would “realize.” [Biden is] old and will give it to someone else. They will give it to Hillary or they will give it to Michelle Obama. “
Trump reportedly fears Democrats will move to replace Biden at their congress.
According to widespread reports, Trump’s fears about Clinton were not entirely unfounded. Clinton was considering jumping into a race in which Biden was fighting before climbing to victory.
According to Edward-Isaac Dover’s Battle for the Soul, published last month, the former first lady, senator and secretary of state “will sometimes think out loud” about accepting the nomination of a contested convention.
However, Michelle Obama has never shown interest. The former first lady remains extremely popular among the democratic base, but has repeatedly ruled out a career in frontline politics.