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Joe Biden’s the right target – not Barack Obama

FILE - March 10, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee. But the process of making it official is anything but settled. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Everyone expects President Trump to use his record-breaking campaign war chest to launch vigorous attacks on his November opponent, Joe Biden, but the President’s recent verbal assaults on Barack Obama do nothing to enhance his re-election prospects.

Exit polls from 2016 showed 16% of white, working-class supporters who gave Trump his key swing state victories, previously backed Obama.

Insulting a president they once supported as “incompetent” and “criminal” won’t cement their connection to the current incumbent.

Diminished black turnout also helped Trump in 2016 — with only 60% of eligible black voters showing up for Hillary, compared to 66% who turned out for Obama in 2012. Making the ex-president the focus of new attacks, rather than Biden, could easily mobilize another African-American tidal wave in turnout, while alienating masses of blue collar, white voters who switched last time from Obama to Trump.

It’s a formula for damaging Republican chances, not for winning re-election.

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