President Biden is hoping playing the blame game will boost his White House as the new administration braces for its first 100 days assessment.
The Biden team tried to avoid mentioning former President Donald Trump during its post-election transition, after a campaign of drawing stark contrasts. But Biden’s aides will continue casting his predecessor as a political foil as they face growing pressure over his coronavirus pandemic response before the April 30 marker, including over his COVID-19 vaccine distribution and school-opening goals, as well as his proposed $1.9 trillion relief package.
The Biden camp’s tactic likely will keep Trump’s name in circulation and alienate his supporters, while the 45th president retains his iron grip on the Republican Party, which he made clear he intends to keep with a scathing Tuesday statement blasting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as an unskilled and “unsmiling political hack.”
The blame game messaging is also at odds with Biden’s call for unity.