“Sand Trump didn’t run, I don’t know if I would run,” said Biden, 81, quoted by the French agency AFP.
“But we can’t let him win,” he added, at a meeting with Democratic donors near Boston (northeast), referring to the former President, who is currently the clear favorite in the Republican primaries.
Joe Biden, whose campaign is slow to get off the ground, has long argued that he is in the best position to defeat Donald Trump again.
The Democrat, whose age worries voters and who has difficulty “selling” his economic record, regularly repeats that democracy itself is at stake in this new confrontation with the former businessman.
Despite his unpopularity, and barring a big surprise or a serious health problem that forces him to withdraw, Biden is almost certain to win the Democratic nomination for the November 2024 elections.
Donald Trump, 77 years old, who was President of the United States between 2017 and 2021, is the favorite in the Republican primaries.
At the fundraising session, Biden warned that democracy is “most at risk in 2024” and accused Trump and allies of being determined to destroy democratic institutions.
Trump, who tried to overturn Biden’s 2020 victory and faces criminal charges related to those efforts, tried over the weekend to turn the tables on the President, calling him a “destroyer of American democracy.”
Biden, who said he was not the only one raising the alarm, noted that Trump is the “only defeated candidate” in US history to not accept the results.
He also said that during the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol, Trump sat in the White House dining room watching supporters “threaten his own vice president,” Mike Pence.
“American democracy, I give you my word as Biden, is at stake”, he insisted, in the first of three fundraisers for the campaign in the Boston area.
Making some laughs from donors, Biden recalled that Trump “didn’t even show up” at his inauguration.
“I can’t say I was disappointed, but he didn’t even show up,” he said, quoted by the US agency AP.
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