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The Morning Briefing: It's Time for Trump to Really Start Going After Biden

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
“Let Trump Be Trump”

The above is a quote from my friend and colleague Stephen Green. During our weekly VIP Gold Live Chat, Stephen, Bryan Preston, and I were discussing our predictions for the election. Mr. Green still thinks that Trump will win, Mr. Preston and I are a more pessimistic. We got into a rather lengthy examination of what the president needs to do to shake things up and win.

We all agreed that Trump has been too tepid lately and not using the instincts that blew up the political world in 2016.

We are all aware that Joe Biden has benefited greatly from his pandemic-induced basement quarantine. He’s such a train wreck that his handlers are no doubt working overtime to come up with excuses to keep him away from the campaign trail and — more importantly — from sharing a debate stage with President Trump.

The three of us agreed that President Trump needs to seize the initiative now and start goading Biden to get back in the public eye and into a debate. One of Trump’s greatest gifts is the thing that drives old guard Republicans crazy — his ability to drive a narrative on social media. Now is the time for him to use that bully pulpit and relentlessly bait Biden and force his hand.

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Biden can’t win a Twitter throwdown with Trump. His handlers are tweeting for him and they are not the most inventive lot. His Twitter feed reads like something that came from a book titled “Democrat-y Stuff Candidates Should Say.” It would be very easy for the president to make Crazy Joe the Wonder Veep look awful all day, every day. The end game is to get Biden back in public, of course, but there is an immediate return on investment in a Twitter flame war.

The polls are dismal at the moment and we all know that they can’t be trusted, but it still may serve Trump well to go at Biden as if they were true. The constant drumbeat of news about Biden having a double-digit lead could end up having an impact on undecided voters in flyover country. They can’t be left dangling, especially while the Democrats are still deliberately trying to tank the economy.

Make Joe go live, Mr. President, and let everybody see that Crazy Joe shouldn’t be allowed to be in charge of anything,

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa

Yesterday’s truncated Briefing was the result of a technical glitch that occurred before I could finish. I tried to wait it out but that didn’t work. I’ll make up for it with extra snark next week.

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PJ Media Senior Columnist and Associate Editor Stephen Kruiser is the author ofDon’t Let the Hippies ShowerandStraight Outta Feelings: Political Zen in the Age of Outrage,” both of which address serious subjects in a humorous way. Monday through Friday he edits PJ Media’s “Morning Briefing.” His columns appear twice a week.