President Donald Trump has publicly expressed the confidence that Joe Biden could easily have been better in a battle of 2020. But behind closed doors, the president fixed himself on Biden, while the main assistants tried to assure their boss that the former vice president is doomed.
In the past few weeks, Trump has disseminated assistants in more than one occasion for updates on how Biden is spending the first primary democratic elections – a sign of how seriously Trump accepts the potential candidacy In fact, Biden has passed several recent state polls, in addition to a national poll released Monday, which marks him as one of the first candidates for the elections democratic presidential elections.
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Whoever is close to the president has also calmed Trump however, insisting that, even if Biden was a strong candidate in the general election, there is a considerable possibility that he will not reach the convention for the party's nominations next July. Despite the first polls, they argued that the Democratic primary electorate, increasingly inclined to the left, will not settle for a 76-year-old white man who is already facing a renewed examination on his previous record on issues such as justice and race.
"The democratic base is looking for someone newer, fresher," said a close friend of the president.
During a recent meeting with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and senior officials at the White House Political Affairs Bureau, a debate followed about whether the president should be nervous about Biden entering the fray in 2020, a White House official told the POLITICO. Several people in the room told Trump that he shouldn't be "overly nervous" until Biden is "pulled left" in the primary, according to the official.
Trump's advisers, observing the way Biden recently backed down after publicly calling Vice President Mike Pence "a good boy", told the president that the accident was a perfect example of a tightrope walk report that Biden will have to go through if he declares his candidacy. When the Democrats and the party's progressive base accused Biden of legitimizing "America's anti-LGBT elected leader", as he wrote the former New York government candidate Cynthia Nixon in a viral tweet, Biden has quickly said he was "leveraging a foreign policy environment" … but there is nothing decent in being anti-LGBTQ rights. "
" We thought it was so indicative of the fact that this guy would be so tender to the left, if he couldn't even make a simple statement from his successor without bowing a minute later, "the White House official said.  Some of Trump's advisors have even compared Biden to Jeb Bush, a favorite of the establishments who entered the 2016 GOP primary with a widespread name recognition, a professional operation and a massive war chest, just for admit defeat before his primary state of origin.
"The history of the presidential campaign is littered with bodies of candidates that should have been the first, but flamed before they could ever take off," said a person close to the campaign Trump.
While Biden's advisers admit that this dynamic presents challenges, they believe that pragmatism can prevail over the passion of the left, prop as it did when the Democrats appointed Massachusetts Senator John Kerry rather than the brigand of the anti-Iraq war Howard Dean in 2004. They also indicate recent polls showing "eligibility" as the main feature Democratic voters are currently looking into a potential candidate – above all they want someone who can beat Trump.
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"In previous elections, voters from both parties consistently prioritized shared values over eligibility when they chose a candidate," said Patrick Murray, director of Monmouth University surveys, w published the national survey which showed Biden leading the Democratic group with 28% support. "It seems that the Democrats are willing to launch that equation in 2020 because of their desire to defeat Trump."
Biden's fixation goes beyond Trump. He was on show last weekend when GOP donors raised funds from Trump's Mar-a-Lago Beach Club for the annual Republican National Committee spring retreat.
While waiting for the president's remarks at a private dinner on Friday evening, a panel of Republican experts launched into a wide discussion of the 2020 primaries. According to one person involved in the conversation, the participants were discussing which Democrat had the best shot to regain the status of the Rust Belt that brought Trump in 2016.
"Almost everyone thought that Joe Biden would be the hardest … to beat", said the person involved.
Despite having admitted so much in private, Trump has done nothing but trust his public statements about Biden. In tweets and fundraising talks, he tested two derisive nicknames for the longtime Delaware senator – "Crazy Joe Biden" and "the dummy" – who once said he would "beat the devil" of the president in a school brawl.
"He ran two or three times, never exceeding 1%," Trump told Biden in a recent interview with Fox News. "And then, Obama came and took him away from the garbage pile, and he became vice president. He's weak so we'll see what happens with him."
Pence also insisted on Biden in the last few weeks, echoing what he was told Trump's political advisers – that his predecessor will fight a generation gap with his younger opponents if he enters the race. And, he underlined the intense pressure that Biden will have to face in certain democratic circles to become attached to the progressive base of the party.
"I like our chances in 2020," Pence said in an interview with Fox News Thursday, claiming that the way Biden "succumbed to liberal activists after making a kind comment to me is the proof of the pressure that all the candidates are going to face "to move to the left.
Biden himself must still answer questions about how he will address more culturally liberal voters if he jumps into the race, which would trigger a series of questions aimed at previous previous voting on crime, marriage equality, abortion, mass incarceration 19659008] He told confidants in recent conversations, however, that he does not see another Democrat in the current list who can "do what must be done to win", according to The New York Times.