Trump Used Slur to Describe Joe Biden, Feared Dems Would Replace Him With Michelle Obama
Donald Trump used an outdated and cruel slur to describe Joe Biden’s mental health during the 2020 election, according to a new book but was reluctant to attack him too strongly in public for fear the Democrats would replace him with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama.
Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, by Michael Bender of the Wall Street Journal, will be published in August. Bender conducted extensive research for the book, interviewing more than 150 people, including two trips to Mar-a-Lago on at least two occasions to meet and interview Trump himself.
Vanity Fair published an excerpt on Monday, which describes Trump’s paranoia regarding Hillary and Mrs. Obama. Previous revelations include that the Fox News host Sean Hannity, who was rebuked for campaigning with Trump, wrote an ad for the Trump campaign, a report Hannity denied. The idea Democrats would replace Joe Biden reportedly came from Dick Morris, a former adviser to Bill Clinton who has now re-emerged as a right-wing supporter and who was informally advising Trump.
“Dick Morris told Trump that Biden was too old and too prone to gaffes to be the nominee,” Bender writes.
Juicy new sneak peek out this AM of @michaelcbender’s book, in which he reports on internal emails showing Hannity had a role writing a Trump campaign ad—which the campaign deemed so useless that they limited it to airing on Hannity’s show.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) June 1, 2021
But the most appalling moment from the excerpt comes when Bender writes that Trump interrupted a White House meeting to ask: “How am I losing in the polls to a mental retard?”
“How am I losing in the polls to a mental retard?” Trump asked, re Biden. https://t.co/N7f2hBgNVC Buzzy new details from @MichaelCBender’s new book, which, btw, you can pre-order here: https://t.co/5gnb6u9JBx pic.twitter.com/OLG6Pab6Up
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) June 7, 2021
According to widespread reporting, Trump’s fears about Hillary Clinton were not entirely without justification, as she did consider jumping into the race at a time when Joe Biden was struggling before surging to victory. Michelle Obama, however, never expressed interest.
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) June 1, 2021