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The most important thing in the 2024 election is defeating Donald Trump and Joe Biden is the one who has already done that, according to an 18-year-veteran of the Department of Justice.
According to Julie Rodin Zebrak, who served as deputy chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole during the Obama Administration, the best ticket for beating Trump is the one that did just that in 2020: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Zebrak previously has sent out warnings about Trump's appointments when he was president.
Zebrak recalled Trump's presidency in order to put her plan into context for readers.
"Remember all of us who railed against not just DJT but also his appointees & close associates? Do you remember why those folks were just as bad as him if not worse? And why that mattered?" she asked Saturday. "Because a president is not just one man doing the work. He’s got influential advisors."
She noted that the inverse is also true, in that Biden can be successful by leaning on those around him.
"Biden as president is not the only man doing the excellent work that’s getting done. He has influential advisors who are on the same page as he is (and as Dems are). Why does that matter? Because the President’s job - whether he is 41 or 81 - is carried out by not just him."
"His policies — which we voted for — are carried out all day every day in furtherance of US interests. If he’s meeting in the WH on guns, his policy on repro health is still being carried out by his administration EVEN IF he isn’t in the room for it."
She added that she would "trust Biden at 84 more than I’d trust any other Dem."
"I voted for him, his sharpness, his kindness, & his experience. His values reflect my values He has proven himself smarter and better than DJT & the GOP. His advisors likewise are smarter and better than DJT/GOP."
Lastly, Zebrak stressed the importance of keeping Trump out of the White House.
"To me - and to you - the ONLY thing that should matter for 2024 is who can beat DJT and for that the answer is clear: the only one who has beat him before. The point is to NEVER allow DJT back into the WH. So whether the Dem President we replace in 2028 is Biden or Harris, We can worry about that race then," she wrote. "What matters today and every day for the next 422 days is preventing DJT and the GOP from taking back the WH. Focus on Nov. 2024."
Donald Trump on Saturday reportedly arrived at an Iowa football game where a banner calling into question the former president's marriage had been flown overhead.
This isn't the first time someone has inquired about why Melania has been absent amid Trump's troubles with the law. Nearly a month ago, former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Donald Trump's family hasn't been with him during the criminal cases he's facing, and that could be because they are sick of him.
Now, that message has taken to the skies, according to Business Insider's reporting.
"In advance of Saturday's Cy-Hawk football game between the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones, politics was in the air. Literally," according to the report. "With former President Donald Trump set to attend the game, a 'Where's Melania?' banner inquiring about the whereabouts of former first lady Melania Trump was flown above the Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa."
"Melania Trump has been virtually absent from the campaign trail, instead remaining in Florida with the couple's son, Barron Trump. The former first lady firmly backs her husband's 2024 campaign but, according to The New York Times, has kept a low profile due to feelings of betrayal from an array of friends, aides, and family members during her time in the White House."
The former president said in a filing that he may make such a move, but his former chief of staff Mark Meadows already lost his bid for removing to federal court. It was widely thought by legal experts that the move to federal court was a primer for Meadows to make the argument that the case should be tossed entirely.
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance was asked about the topic on MSNBC's American Voices with Alicia Menendez on Saturday.
Vance was asked if the ruling on Meadows' bid will "inform" how the judge may rule on Trump's potential similar request.
"I think it does. I think Mark Meadows had the strongest case of any of the defendants here," Vance said, adding that his attorneys had argued that, even when Trump was acting in his personal capacity, Meadows was forced to keep his "job hat on."
"Of course the judge rejected that and said it defies belief that when Meadows is actively violating the Hatch Act and engaging in political activity to believe that that's part of his job working for the president of the United States. That's a campaign function. So the judge rejected Meadows' argument."
Vance added that Trump is "just that much worse off because he's clearly acting in his capacity as candidate Trump, not as president Trump when he was trying to overturn the outcome of the election in Georgia. I think it's a stone-cold loser for Trump."
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