New York: President Joe Biden zipped through a trio of tony fundraisers in Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon, raising cash, confounding traffic and framing the 2024 election as “not about me” but rather stopping GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
Blocks of interlocking bicycle racks cleared the roads for Biden’s motorcade in solidly Democratic New York as he packed in three fundraisers in four hours. And at each event, Biden kept the focus squarely on his likely GOP opponent.
“There is one existential threat and it’s Donald Trump,” Biden said at his first stop, a wood-paneled apartment with an ornate fireplace and a baby grand piano. “It’s not about me, it’s about Trump. He will try to undo everything we’ve done. Make no mistake about it.”
The 81-year-old Biden was preaching to the converted as he warned about climate change and his likely opponent, who he previously beat in 2020. The focus on Trump is a sign of how unusual this election could be, with the incumbent trying to make the campaign a referendum on his predecessor.