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A Bonkers Conspiracy Theory Caused Trump to Hold Back From Attacking Biden During the 2020 Primary

A Bonkers Conspiracy Theory Caused Trump to Hold Back From Attacking Biden During the 2020 Primary
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Former President Donald Trump routinely embraces conspiracy theories. During the 2020 campaign, he wouldn't disavow the QAnon conspiracy, which hinges on the belief that he was sent by God to expose a secret cabal of satanic, cannibal pedophiles controlling the United States Government.

Even now, he's reportedly telling associates that he'll somehow be "reinstated" to the presidency by the end of the Summer.

Now, an upcoming book on Trump's defeat in the 2020 election reveals then-President Trump called then-Democratic frontrunner Biden a "mental re***d" but held off on attacking him for fear the party would replace Biden with another candidate.

According to Frankly, We Did Win This Election": The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by the Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender, Trump refrained from fully attacking Biden during the Democratic primaries to keep Dems from putting up a candidate Trump saw as harder to beat.

The excerpt of the upcoming book says:

"The president, meanwhile, had often complained that his early attack on [Elizabeth] Warren had damaged her presidential bid, which he regretted because he viewed her as an easier opponent than Biden. Now he worried that a heavy blitz of attack ads would hasten the secret plot being hatched by Democrats, and his mind raced with who they might select in Biden's place."

Trump campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio reportedly worked to shake Trump out of the belief that Democrats were going to put forth a new nominee like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or former First Lady Michelle Obama:

"The pollster aimed to debunk the theory by outlining the remaining Democratic primaries, in which Biden had no significant challenger, and the delegate math to secure the nomination. Biden would have enough delegates to secure the nomination in just three weeks, Fabrizio explained, and it would be mathematically impossible to steal it in four weeks."

People took the reporting as another example of Trump's detachment from reality.

The development continued to make waves.

Trump is still considering a run for the presidency in 2024.