Biden overcomes ‘visceral dislike’ of rival to trash Trump by name

President Joe Biden purposely avoided using former President Donald Trump‘s name for three years, but the Republican’s surge in the polls and dominance in the primaries has caused Biden to change his tune.

After years of referring to Trump as “the other guy” or “my predecessor,” Biden is making a point to say Trump’s name directly — a sign that his campaign is preparing for a general election framed as a choice between protecting and abandoning democracy, rather than a review of Biden’s first term.

Biden has taken a page from his opponent’s playbook, attacking the former president’s character and issuing him a nickname. During a speech in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday, Biden said “Trump” 22 times, called him a “loser”
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