White House Sticks to "Keep Quiet and Carry On" Plan
Despite Trump's recent indictment in a New York hush-money case, White House officials intend to maintain their silence on the matter, continuing to follow their "keep quiet and carry on" playbook.
GOP Support for Trump and Protests May Test Biden's Silence
As Republicans rally around Trump and attack the U.S. judicial system, planned protests in New York City on the day of Trump's court appearance could challenge Biden's strategy of remaining silent on his predecessor's legal issues.
Biden's Focus on Effective Leadership and Policy
Biden's deliberate silence on Trump's legal troubles is seen as politically strategic, allowing him to focus on governing and addressing Americans' concerns. Democratic strategists believe this approach demonstrates strong, stable, and effective leadership.
President's Schedule Coincides with Trump's Court Appearance
While Trump is due to turn himself into authorities in New York, Biden will visit a manufacturing facility in Minnesota and is expected to be at the White House the following day.
Possible Shift in Biden's Strategy if Violence Erupts
Biden's decision not to comment on Trump could change if Trump supporters engage in violent protests or if Biden is forced to confront Trump directly during an election campaign.
Biden's Previous Confrontation During Capitol Attack
Although Biden had not yet been inaugurated when the Capitol attack occurred, he urged Trump to call off the rioters and defend the Constitution on national television.
White House Prepared for Potential Violence
White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment on specific precautions but stated that the government is always prepared for the possibility of violence and supports peaceful protests.
Biden's Concerns Over Trump's Dangerous Movement
Biden views Trump as stoking a dangerous movement, and his warnings about "MAGA" extremism are genuine, according to people who have spoken with the president recently. Democratic strategist Donna Brazile emphasized that Biden, not yet an official candidate for the 2024 election, does not need to comment on Trump's predicament.