X has answers when David Axelrod asks why Trump ‘uncharacteristically holding fire’ after debate

Former White House official David Axelrod got an earful when he put a question on social media about former President Donald Trump’s campaign strategy.

The longtime adviser to former President Obama has been vocal in his criticism of the Biden campaign in recent days, calling President Joe Biden “dangerously out-of-touch”  last week after he dismissed concerns about his health affecting his re-election bid. In a post on X Monday, Axelrod questioned why the Trump campaign has remained “uncharacteristically ” quiet about Biden amid the avalanche of criticism he was buried under after the debate.

“Trump’s not talking much about Biden’s bad debate. Trump’s campaign is not blitzing ads about it. And Lara Trump said last week it would be an affront to democracy if Biden were not the nominee,” Axelrod wrote. “Question: Why do you think they are uncharacteristically holding fire?”

Trump did attack Biden in a Truth Social post just days after the two faced off in the CNN debate in Atlanta, GA.

“Crooked Joe Biden should ignore his many critics and move forward, with alacrity and strength, with his powerful and far-reaching campaign,” Trump said in a post.

“He should be sharp, precise, and energetic,” the presumptive GOP nominee added. “Yes, Sleepy Joe should continue his campaign of American Destruction and, MAKE CHINA GREAT AGAIN!”

Axelrod has dismissed as “irrelevant” the chorus of calls for Biden to leave the race but was critical of Biden’s attitude.

“The president is rightfully proud of his record. But he is dangerously out-of-touch with the concerns people have about his capacities moving forward and his standing in this race,” Axelrod wrote on X. “Years ago at this time, he was 10 points ahead of Trump. Today, he is six points behind.”

Biden is “not winning this race,” he said on Sunday.

“If you just look at the data and talk to people around the country, political people around the country, it’s more likely that he’ll lose by a landslide than win narrowly this race,” Axelrod said. “And if the stakes are as large as he says, and I believe they are, then he really needs to consider what the right thing to do here is.”

A former chair of the House GOP campaign arm believes the Trump strategy is simply to let Biden sabotage his own campaign.

“When your opponent is blowing himself up, don’t interrupt. … There’s no reason to insert yourself in that conversation,” former Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), told The Hill. “The discipline is smart on this topic, and he’s done a good job at that.”

“Nobody in the Democratic Party cares about what Trump thinks whether Biden’s the candidate, so why talk,” he continued. “I’m glad to see he’s learned from 2020, because he wasn’t very disciplined then. I think it speaks to him learning from the past.”

Other X users gave Axelrod plenty of answers to his social media questions.

Frieda Powers


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