Jill Biden expresses dismay that Republicans won't abandon indicted Trump

 June 14, 2023

Jill Biden said she finds it "shocking" that people continue to support her husband's rival, Donald Trump, after he was arrested by a prosecutor working for the Biden administration.

Biden, who is campaigning for her husband's re-election, made the comment to a room of wealthy donors in Manhattan's Upper East side the night before Trump was arraigned for mishandling classified documents.

"They don’t care about the indictment. So that’s a little shocking, I think,” she said.

Jill Biden said what?

Jill Biden also went further and framed the 2024 election as a choice between Trump's "chaos and corruption, hatred and division" and the so-called "strong, steady leadership" of her husband.

"We know what’s in store with the MAGA Republicans [emphasis added]," she said, borrowing a demeaning phrase from her husband's campaign playbook.

"We just know it, right? We know because we’ve lived it. We’ve seen it,” she added, saying America "cannot go back to those dark days."

"They're not coming after me"

Her remarks are rather audacious, given the politically explosive nature of the indictment, which many see as an effort to neutralize her husband's top rival.

And some would question Jill Biden's contrast between her own family and Trump's "corruption," given evidence that the Bidens were involved in an international influence peddling scheme.

Trump called the indictment "the most evil and heinous abuse of power" in American history in a fiery post-arraignment speech Tuesday night, in which he also pledged to go after the "Biden crime family" if elected to another term.

Trump told his supporters, "they're not coming after me, they're coming after you."

"This is called election interference and yet another attempt to rig and steal a presidential election," he said.

Biden's surrogate

Joe Biden has wisely declined to comment on the indictment, but his wife isn't being as tactful.

Could Biden be using his wife as a surrogate to express his own views? It certainly appears that way.

Biden's press secretary declined to answer a question about Jill Biden's remark Tuesday, in an apparent attempt to uphold the appearance of independence at the DOJ.

"I’m just not going to comment on anything that’s related to the — to the indictment.  We’re just going to be very mindful here and respect the Department of Justice, let them do their job."

Jean-Pierre continued to insist that President Biden was "not at all" involved in orchestrating Trump's arrest.

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