Ex-president expected to hint at his role in 2024 presidential election
President Joe Biden’s White House intends to ignore Donald Trump’s speech Sunday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Florida, where the former president is expected to go on the attack against his successor.
“Our focus is very definitely not on what President Trump will say [at the Conservative Political Action Conference],” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Political veterans and historians say such a strategy has worked before.
Since taking office on Jan. 20, Biden’s ratings have remained at 55 percent.
“Why would someone with a 60 percent rating fight a man with a 33 percent rating,” said Democratic strategist Bob Schram, who heads the Center for the Political Future at the University of Southern California. – It doesn’t make any sense.”
Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf agrees with him.
“One of the strengths of Biden’s campaign has been his focus on the future. He’s doing what he has to do, which is talk about COVID-19 and the economy,” Elmendorf said.
Meanwhile, Republicans have yet to come to a consensus on their attitude toward Trump’s legacy.
Some of the seven Republicans who voted to censure Trump during the impeachment have been censured in their states.
Others, such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, took great pains to back away from Trump’s initial criticism of his Jan. 6 actions when he called for supporters to move on the Capitol.
On Sunday, Trump is expected to hint at running in the 2024 election and issue a warning to Republicans who supported his impeachment, while also accusing Biden of opening the door to immigrants.
“We do not view former President Trump or his advisers as an example in our approach to immigration issues,” Psaki said.
Some, however, say any inflammatory statements on Sunday merit a response from the federal government.
“Any words that threaten the constitutional order should be considered unacceptable. There are certain red lines, and if Trump crosses them, Biden decides he should say something,” said David Gergen, a former adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.