Trump on Why Obama Hasn’t Endorsed Biden: “He Knows Something.”
At his daily press conference on Wednesday, President Donald Trump was asked about the Democratic presidential primaries, which finally came to an end that afternoon when Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders announced that he was suspending his campaign. Sanders’ announcement makes Biden the de facto Democratic Party nominee, although that won’t be official until the Democratic National Convention…which may or may not take place.
In any event, Sanders’ announcement leaves Biden a clear path to pivot to campaigning against President Trump, which, to be fair, he has already been doing for weeks. Granted, Biden’s “campaigning” involves making little-watched videos from his bunker in Delaware, but we suppose that still qualifies as campaigning.
At the press conference, Trump said he was surprised that Biden’s former boss had yet to weigh in on the race.
“It does amaze me that President Obama hasn’t supported Sleepy Joe,” Trump said. “It just hasn’t happened. When’s it going to happen? When is it going to happen? He knows something that you don’t know. I think I know, but you don’t know.”
If nothing else, Trump is a master at this kind of thing. He could mean anything or nothing at all by that statement, but just by saying it, he’s chummed the waters. He’s got people thinking. Gee, why HASN’T Obama endorsed Joe? There must be a reason. And then those voters go digging around and maybe they figure out that Biden’s cognitive abilities are declining more quickly than the stock market. Maybe they learn about former staffer Tara Reade. The possibilities are endless.
Now, maybe Obama would see this and try to counter the president by immediately announcing his endorsement of Biden. But see, Trump already has him in checkmate. If he does it now, it seems like he only did it to refute Trump, which comes off as a pretty weak endorsement. Furthermore, it still leaves open the question of why Obama waited so long to endorse the guy he worked with for eight long years. And finally, Trump already predicted that he would do just that.
“He’ll come out,” Trump said. “I’m sure he’s got to come out at some point, because he certainly doesn’t want to see me for four more years. We think a little bit differently.”
The problem is, if Obama does come out and endorse Biden in the next few weeks, it’ll make a splash in the headlines for approximately 6.5 seconds before everyone gets back to the major story at hand, which is the coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, the longer he waits in the wings, the louder the questions will get: Why is he waiting? Why isn’t he supporting Joe? Wait, was Trump right?
Brilliant move, Mr. President. If this is a preview of the campaign, Biden is in serious trouble.