In another desperate attack on former VP Joe Biden, Donald Trump suggested that he believes Biden has already served as president.
In a tweet on Saturday that contained several fact-free swipes at the former vice president, Trump claimed that Biden “added more debt than all other Presidents combined.”
Joe Biden is a reclamation project. Some things are just not salvageable. China and other countries that ripped us off for years are begging for him. He deserted our military, our law enforcement and our healthcare. Added more debt than all other Presidents combined. Won’t win!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 6, 2019
Fact checking Donald Trump is almost a lost cause because, by the time you finish correcting one falsehood, he is already spewing off another one.
In this case, attacking Biden on the military when Beau Biden served in Iraq is ludicrous, especially when Trump lied his way out of military service.
It’s also ridiculous to suggest that Biden, who helped implement a health care law that covered millions of Americans, has “deserted our healthcare.”
Meanwhile, Trump has spent his presidency trying to take health from millions of Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions. It’s no surprise that healthcare is driving opposition to Trump ahead of 2020.
And, of course, saying Biden “added more debt than all other Presidents combined” seems to suggest that Trump thinks Biden has already served as president.
That goes without mentioning the fact that Trump has no room to attack anyone on the debt, president or otherwise. As The Washington Post reported in March, this president is set to leave the debt 50 percent higher than it was when he took office in 2017 – after he promised to eliminate the national debt.
Trump’s favorite Rasmussen poll shows him trailing Biden
It’s unclear what motivated Donald Trump’s latest attack on Joe Biden, but perhaps one reason is a new survey released by his favorite pollster, Rasmussen.
According to the poll, Biden leads Trump 48 percent to 44 percent – basically unchanged from the same survey conducted by Rasmussen in March, before Biden announced his candidacy.
While four points is a slim lead, it’s important to understand that Rasmussen has frequently shown a heavy pro-Trump bias. During the 2018 midterm elections, their final generic national poll was a whopping 10 percentage points off in favor of the Republicans.
In other words, a four-point lead for a Democrat in a Rasmussen poll indicates that other surveys showing Biden with a double-digit national lead over Trump are probably accurate.
Joe Biden may have never been president, as Trump seems to think, but the polling indicates that he has a decent shot at becoming one if he’s the Democratic nominee in 2020.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.