“If Trump wasn’t running, I’m not sure I’d be running,” Biden said at a fundraising event for his 2024 campaign outside of Boston. “We cannot let him win.”
Biden’s remarks come as even staunch Democratic voters have expressed concerns about the president’s age. He turned 81 years old last month.
The president’s aides increasingly think Trump will cement his status as a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in coming weeks, according to two of those Democrats.
During his 2020 presidential campaign, Biden often mentioned that his decision to run was due in part to then-President Trump’s handling of issues, including a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Now, Biden’s campaign is again positioning Trump as a danger to democracy itself.
Trump, who faces criminal charges over his efforts to reverse his 2020 election loss, has painted Biden as a dangerous autocrat.