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CORRECTED: Guardian op-ed says Trump is likely ‘Biden’s best hope for re-election’

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the author of the Guardian op-ed. The author is Michael Cohen, the author of “Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters.” He was not the former lawyer for former President Trump. 

A Guardian op-ed argued on Sunday that President Biden’s best hope for reelection could be former President Trump himself.  

In the opinion article, author Michael Cohen predicted that “Trump is likely to remain the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats — the living, breathing bogeyman under the bed who keeps their voters up at night.”

“As much as Democrats may want to run on their legislative agenda, the spectre of Trump could be their most effective strategy for maintaining power and is probably Biden’s best hope for re-election,” he wrote.

Cohen noted that recent polling shows Biden is “deeply unpopular,” citing a recent loss for Democrats in Virginia and an underperformance in New Jersey, places where Biden easily beat Trump last year. 

In Virginia, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) lost the state’s gubernatorial race to Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) “barely held on” in his race for reelection, while the Democratic state Senate president was beaten by a truck driver who spent next to nothing on the race. 

“In short, this White House has not had a good story to tell for months and in Virginia and New Jersey they paid the price,” Cohen added. 

Trump has publicly toyed with the idea of another White House run for months. Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating hit a new low of just 38 percent in a poll conducted last week. 

Tags 2024 presidential election Donald Trump Glenn Youngkin Joe Biden Michael Cohen Michael Cohen New Jersey Phil Murphy Terry McAuliffe Virginia

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