Biden, sliding within the polls, pivoted again to attacking Trump by identify in California.

President Biden embraced Gov. Gavin Newsom’s go-to political tactic on this week’s recall election throughout a visit to California on Monday — tying the main Republican contender, the right-wing speak radio host Larry Elder, to Donald Trump.

“All of you already know within the final yr I obtained to run towards the true Donald Trump,” mentioned Mr. Biden at a rally in Lengthy Seaside, sweeping a hand over his blue blazer and tieless costume shirt to stipulate the signal of the cross. “Properly, this yr the main Republican working for governor is the closest factor to a Trump clone that I’ve ever seen in your state.”

Earlier in Mr. Biden’s time period, when his approval scores had been excessive, he took pains to keep away from even muttering his predecessor’s identify, referring to him, comically, because the “former man.” However now, after a slide in public approval following the messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, the president has returned to the unvarnished anti-Trump message that helped get him elected in 2020.

It’s a message Democratic congressional candidates are anticipated to hammer within the 2022 midterms — that they, for all their flaws, are the one ones standing between a return of Trump and his acolytes.

“He’s the clone of Donald Trump,” Mr. Biden mentioned of Mr. Elder. “Are you able to think about him being governor of this state? You possibly can’t let that occur.”

It didn’t take lengthy for Mr. Trump to chime in; he issued an announcement Tuesday that criticized Mr. Newsom’s water administration insurance policies and returned to a well-known theme: The election is rigged.

On the identical time, although, he predicted a Newsom win.

“Individuals don’t notice that, regardless of the Rigged voting in California (I name it the “Swarming Ballots”), I obtained 1.5 Million extra votes in 2020 than I did in 2016,” Mr. Trump mentioned. “The place is so Rigged, nonetheless, {that a} man who can’t even convey water into their State, which I obtained federal approval to do (that’s the exhausting half), will in all probability win.”

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