President Donald Trump is preparing to unleash vicious lines of attack in the initial debate with Joe Biden, causing some Democrats to fear their candidate won't be prepared to take action, according to a new report.
The first of three presidential debates, held in Cleveland at 9 p.m. ET, promises to be a wild night of fierce arguments and likely personal attacks.
While Biden has diligently prepared for the debate in seclusion, Trump has largely avoided traditional preparation and instead spontaneously pulled advisors aside to test various lines of attack, according to a detailed report in the Washington Post Friday.
With Biden largely avoiding hostile situations in recent months and reportedly planning to focus his arguments on how to resolve the coronavirus pandemic and improve the economy, some of his allies fear he will not prepare for malicious personal attacks on Tuesday could be.
"It's like training for a knife fight and someone gets an uzi," a Democratic congressional assistant complained to the newspaper.
President Donald Trump is preparing to unleash vicious lines of attack in the initial debate with Joe Biden, according to a new report
Trump has already vowed to bring up Biden's son Hunter (with him above), who was the subject of a recent report by Republican senators claiming he "benefited" from his father's position
Trump has already vowed to bring up Biden's son Hunter, who was the subject of a recent report by Republican senators claiming he "paid off" his father's position by joining the board of directors of a Ukrainian gas company.
"I think it will be brought up in the debate," Trump said at a recent rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, shouting, "Where's Hunter?"
The Biden campaign has called the allegations against Hunter "a long-disproved, tenacious right-wing conspiracy theory". Trump was charged for pressuring Ukraine to investigate corruption allegations against the Biden family before he was acquitted in the Senate.
During the campaign, Biden blew up with voters bringing charges against his son and told one in Iowa, “You're a bloody liar, man. That's not true. & # 39;
It has made some Biden confidants fear that the Democrat might get nervous or lose his cool if Trump pursues the Hunter angle during the debates.
"If you go to his family's home, he gets hotter than hell, which is part of what I worry about," John Morgan, a Florida trial attorney and major Biden donor, told the Post. "I think Biden has to be careful not to let his Irish temperament blow."
Biden (seen on Friday) has been busy preparing for the debate in seclusion. His advisors say he should be prepared for malicious personal attacks during the debate
Andrew Bates, spokesman for the Biden campaign, has beaten Trump over his alleged plans to include Hunter in the debate.
"If Donald Trump were to demonstrate that the only case he can do for himself is beating Joe Biden's children, the ultimate admission would be that his presidency is a weak, pathetic failure," Bates told the Post.
Biden's friends and advisors urge him not to be forced to exchange ugly personal attacks with Trump.
"There's an old saying in debate that if you fall in the mud and wrestle with a pig, the pig has fun and you get covered in mud," said Senator Christopher A. Coons, a Delaware Democrat and close confidante of Biden die Post Office. "And the word that is usually used is not" mud ". & # 39;
"I hope I'm not being tempted into a brawl with this guy," Biden said at a virtual fundraiser this month. He added, "It's going to be tough because I predict he will scream" and interrupts.
The Biden camp is relying on its Senate candidate's decades of experience, including countless hours of floor debate, to outsmart Trump on Tuesday.
Trump himself has admitted that Biden has deep experience, however hopes Biden gets nervous or speaks incorrectly during the debate.
"I think he's a professional," Trump said in a call-in interview with Fox & Friends earlier this week when asked about the upcoming debate. "I don't know if he's all there, but I think he's a professional … and that he can debate."
“I have to assume that he will do great – because he's been there for 47 years, he's in the civil service. A long time, ”added Trump.
Former White House attorney Bob Bauer (center) is said to have stepped into Biden's preparation for Trump's debate
Trump is seen with Hillary Clinton during a 2016 presidential debate. Trump himself has admitted that Biden has extensive debating experience from his years in the Senate
Trump had previously also questioned Biden's mental acuity and even, perhaps jokingly, called for a drug test to rule out performance-enhancing drugs before the debates.
"People will finally realize that Biden is just not there," a Trump adviser told the Post on Tuesday.
Privately, some Trump allies fear he will not be prepared for the debate, as he is surrounded by subordinates who seldom openly challenge him and his aversion to traditional preparation.
"The president thinks he's been president for four years, he trains every day," said an ally of the Post. "He thinks he doesn't need any preparation."
Former White House attorney Bob Bauer is joining Biden's debate prep for Trump, the Post reported. Bauer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"We take Joe Biden very seriously," said Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Trump campaign. "He's spent decades in the Senate just debating."
& # 39; The bar for Biden is very low. Expectations are low. So he doesn't have to do much to look good, ”Christopher Ruddy, chairman of Newsmax and a close friend of Trump, told the newspaper. “The president just goes out and says whatever he thinks. It could get pretty wild. & # 39;
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