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Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election

Former President TrumpDonald TrumpWhat blue wave? A close look at Texas today tells of a different story Democrats go down to the wire with Manchin Trump's former bodyguard investigated in NY prosectors' probe: report MORE believed that Democrats would replace then-candidate Joe Biden with former Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE or former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBiden plans to host Obama for portrait unveiling that Trump skipped: report More than 70 companies call on Senate to pass voting right bill Jill Biden remembers her father, celebrates President Biden on Father's Day MORE as the party’s nominee in 2020, according to a new book by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender.

The forthcoming book, “‘Frankly, We Did Win This Election’: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost,” says the theory came from former Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe world's most passionate UFO skeptic versus the government How 'constructive ambiguity' has failed Israelis and Palestinians The Memo: The center strikes back MORE adviser Dick Morris, who was “quietly advising Trump” during the 2020 election. The book cites the theory as the reason Trump held back from attacks on Biden during the Democratic presidential primary.

“Dick Morris told Trump that Biden was too old and too prone to gaffes to be the nominee,” Bender wrote, according to Vanity Fair.

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“Others said Fox News anchor Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPoll: 30 percent of GOP voters believe Trump will 'likely' be reinstated this year Book claims Trump believed Democrats would replace Biden with Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama in 2020 election 9 Republicans not named Trump who could run in 2024 MORE expressed concern that Biden would collapse under a sustained attack from Trump,” he added.

The book claims that, during a meeting with top advisers in April 2020, Trump said that Democratic Party officials would “realize [Biden is] old, and they’re going to give it to somebody else. They’re going to give it to Hillary, or they’re going to give it to Michelle Obama.” 

The book also states that, in early 2020, Trump expressed concern during a meeting in the Oval Office at trailing Biden in election polls at the time, asking, “How am I losing in the polls to a mental retard?” 

Bender’s book is set to be released Aug. 10. It is one of several books about the Trump administration from reporters who covered the former president's time in office and his reelection campaign.