This is a statement that risks having weight a few months before the election. “If Trump were not a candidate, I am not sure that I would run,” assured Tuesday US President Joe Biden, who will seek a second term in the 2024 presidential election.
“But we can’t let him win,” added the 81-year-old Democrat during a meeting with Democratic donors near Boston (northeast), about the former Republican president. “Trump isn’t even hiding anymore. He’s telling us what he’s going to do,” Joe Biden said, adding about the election: “He’s going and I have to go.” If his rival withdrew, would he do the same? “No, not now,” swept the president.
He says he is best placed to beat Trump
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Joe Biden, whose campaign is struggling to get off the ground, has long said he is best placed to beat Donald Trump again. The Democrat, whose age worries voters and who struggles to sell his economic record, regularly repeats that democracy itself is at stake in this new confrontation announced with the former businessman.
Despite his unpopularity and barring any major surprises or serious health problems forcing him to withdraw, the American president is almost guaranteed to win his party’s nomination for the November 2024 election.
Trump wanted to stay in power “at all costs”
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Donald Trump, for his part, is currently the big favorite in the Republican primary. But there are still many legal cases on the table. Federal prosecutors pursuing the former president for his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election revealed Tuesday they plan to introduce evidence they say shows the ex-US president was determined to “stay in power.” power at all costs.
In a court document, the services of special prosecutor Jack Smith highlight that the Republican had, on several occasions, refused to promise a peaceful transition in the event of defeat against Joe Biden. The prosecution “will provide evidence that this refusal in itself demonstrated the defendant’s criminal conspiracy, because it exposes his plan to remain in power at all costs, even in the face of the risk of violence,” prosecutors say.
The trial in this case opens on March 4
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Donald Trump was federally indicted in August for his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, with the 77-year-old billionaire baselessly claiming he won the vote at Joe Biden’s expense.
His trial in this case is scheduled to begin on March 4, 2024, a key period in the primary campaign for the Republican presidential nomination of the same year. The business magnate’s lawyers have repeatedly sought to delay the opening of this trial, beyond the November 2024 election. They argue, among other things, that their client benefits from “absolute immunity” for acts committed while he was president.