Biden zeroes in on Trump as GOP pri­ma­ry rivals fail to make head­way

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden has fix­at­ed on for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump four months before the 2024 Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry’s first nom­i­nat­ing con­test in Iowa.
But focus­ing on the GOP front-run­ner has the ben­e­fit of under­min­ing the entire field as his so-called MAGA extreme fol­low­ers, regard­less of who becomes the par­ty’s stan­dard-bear­er.
Trump has a his­toric polling advan­tage, aver­ag­ing 44 per­cent­age points ahead of his most com­pet­i­tive pri­ma­ry oppo­nent, Gov. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL), nation­al­ly, accord­ing to Real­Clear­Pol­i­tics. Trump’s Real­Clear­Pol­i­tics aver­age aligns with a Quin­nip­i­ac Uni­ver­si­ty poll this month that found Trump had 62% sup­port to DeSan­tis’s 12%. Biotech entre­pre­neur Vivek Ramaswamy was third with 6% of the vote.
“Trump has a huge lead but huge legal issues as well,” Quin­nip­i­ac Uni­ver­si­ty poll ana­lyst Tim Mal­loy told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. “If he main­tains the sta­tus quo with the GOP sup­port he has, he cruis­es to the nom­i­na­tion.”
Mind­ful of Trump’s edge despite his legal prob­lems, Biden increased his crit­i­cism of the for­mer pres­i­dent dur­ing two fundrais­ers on the side­lines of the 78th U.N. Gen­er­al Assem­bly. Cast­ing diplo­ma­cy aside, Biden told donors he does not see the coun­try as “a dark, neg­a­tive nation, a nation of car­nage dri­ven by anger, fear, and revenge.”
“Don­ald Trump does,” the pres­i­dent said at a “Broad­way for Biden” event in New York City. “To his sup­port­ers, he says, ‘I am your ret­ri­bu­tion.’ … ‘We’re a fail­ing nation,’ he s …