Former President Donald Trump launched a number of broadsides at his successor during a “Fox & Friends” interview Thursday, accusing the Biden administration of “knowingly destroying” America.
Trump ripped Biden for saying last year that he was responsible for U.S. COVID-19 deaths and that he should not remain in office because of them, while Trump blamed the continued loss of life from the virus — deaths this year exceed those in 2020 — on the Biden administration and its inability to “sell” coronavirus vaccines to millions of Americans.
“Some people don’t want to take them and that’s their freedom and that’s what we have to do. But, people don’t want to take them because they don’t trust Biden they don’t trust the administration,” Trump said.
Later in the interview, Trump blasted Biden for the ongoing supply chain crisis and suggested that under his administration, there would not have been one.
“It would have never happened. Nobody would have ever mentioned those words. Supply chains,” the former president, who continues to tease a 2024 run, added.
In addition, Trump claimed that the supply chain problems were the result of a self-inflicted wound primarily due to the president’s vaccine mandate, which he said was “forced” and one of many “very big causes” for the economy “really hurting” now.
Economists have said that the supply chain crisis is helping drive up inflation, along with massive amounts of new government spending.
The 45th president went on to hit Biden for policy decisions related to China, the Afghanistan evacuation, and for causing a dramatic rise in gas prices.
“We have a group of people. I don’t know if it’s Biden. It might not be. But we have a group of people that are destroying our country and perhaps knowingly destroying our country,” Trump said.
At another point in the segment, Trump said all Biden had to do to be successful when he took office was to continue the former president’s policies: Gas prices were low, the southwest border was largely under control, and Biden still had time to withdraw property from Afghanistan after Trump’s administration had worked out a deal with the Taliban.
“If Joe Biden would have just come in and gone to the beach he would have been successful in many ways,” Trump said.
As for a 2024 run, Trump insiders say he has begun the process of looking for a running mate — which necessarily indicates he has no interest in running again with former Vice President Mike Pence, whom he criticized for counting electoral votes from states his campaign contested following last year’s election.
“A lot of times, a presidential candidate will pick a running mate to balance out wings of the party. But with Trump, that’s not the issue. He is the party, basically. It’s so united behind him,” John McLaughlin, one of Trump’s campaign pollsters, told Politico. “So his choice, if he runs, will come down to what he wants. It would be a much more personal decision this time.”
According to the new Politico Article, the following people are high on Trump’s VP Shortlist:
– Mike Pompeo
– Tim Scott
– Marsha Blackburn
– Kim Reynolds
– Kristi Noem
– Mark Meadows
— Bush41Fan (@Patton41Fan) November 29, 2021
“They’re all begging me. They all come here,” one adviser who spoke anonymously with the outlet said Trump told them.
“Once you get past those two issues — loyalty and Trump going more with his gut — Trump has a lot of leeway in who he would pick,” added Tony Fabrizio, the former president’s lead pollster in 2016 and 2020.
“He’s not necessarily looking to balance the ticket geographically, but what he can do is pick to balance gender, race, ethnicity — a lot of different lanes there,” said Fabrizio, who is conducting polling for a Trump-affiliated super PAC. “It could be everything from a Tim Scott in South Carolina to an Asian American in California, somebody Hispanic in Texas. There are so many choices and paths. And there’s lots of time to go.”
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