Bringing Up Drugs? Undermining the Debate? These Are Old Trump Tactics.

June 26, 2024

On social media and at rallies, Mr. Trump has suggested that President Biden is taking performance-enhancing drugs ahead of the debate. !”This was a dramatic turnaround for Mr. Trump, who just days ago was also suggesting that Mr. Biden would be spending most of his debate preparations sleeping. The Trump campaign has also attacked the debate moderators, two veteran CNN journalists, by accusing them of biased coverage of Mr. Trump in the past. For Mr. Trump, this is not an uncommon tactic: He accused Mr. Biden of taking performance-enhancing drugs in 2020, and suggested Hillary Clinton was taking drugs ahead of a debate in 2016. In all of those cases, Mr. Trump also falsely claimed that the election itself was rigged.