Former President Trump reveled in the crises facing President Biden on Wednesday, asking voters whether clogged supply chains, rising gas prices and a humiliating retreat from Afghanistan made them miss him.
‘COVID is raging out of control, our supply chains are crashing with little product in our stores, we were humiliated in Afghanistan, our border is a complete disaster, gas prices and inflation are zooming upward — how’s Biden doing?’ he asked in an emailed statement.
‘Do you miss me yet?’
His message will be bolstered by a new poll suggesting 70 percent of Republicans want him to run for president in 2024 and that he holds a commanding lead over his main GOP challengers.
In the meantime, the Biden administration is facing a torrid time on multiple fronts.
His legislative agenda is stalled as party leaders try to patch up internal feuds over spending plans.
White House officials are scrambling to head off supply chain problems they say could mean more empty shelves and disruptions to holiday shopping.
And the cost of gas hit a seven-year high this week. AAA said the national average price for a gallon reached $3.27.
On Wednesday, the Labor Department reported that inflation had risen further during September. It said the annual consumer price index had increased to 5.4 percent.
Trump listed the crises during a rally speech on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
‘There’s never been anything like what has happened,’ he said.
‘After just nine months under Biden, violent criminals and blood thirsty gangs are taking over our streets, illegal aliens and deadly drug cartels are taking over our borders.
‘Inflation is taking over our economy. China is taking over our jobs.
‘The Taliban has taken over Afghanistan.’
Trump world insiders say the list of crises has shifted the ‘will-he, won’t he’ dance around a 2024 run towards a decision to stand again.
The former president has kept up fundraising efforts and public appearances in recent months but has said he will not make a final decision until after next year’s midterms.
But last week it emerged that he wanted to blow up that timeline and announce a run immediately, only to be talked out of it by aides.
A Morning Consult poll for Politico published on Wednesday will give him fresh ammunition.
Of 1999 people polled, some 70 percent of Republicans polled said he should run again.
And he is frontrunner to land the GOP nomination. Overall, he had the support of 47 percent of the party’s electorate, well ahead of former Vice President Mike Pence on 13 percent and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on 12 percent.
The slew of negative indicators may give him plenty of time for an announcement.
A survey of small business owners published on Wednesday suggested things are only going to get worse.
The Job Creators Network Foundation released a poll showing inflation and consumer spending are weighing on the minds of entrepreneurs.
It surveyed 500 small business owners and found optimism about the economy declining. Only 32 percent of small business owners consider the current economy excellent or good with 68 percent rating it fair or poor.
Elaine Parker, JCNF president, said: ‘Recent government data is further proof that inflation is becoming unhinged.
‘Year-over-year price increases hit a 30-year high and are eating into family budgets.
‘September’s polling confirms those price pressures are creeping up on Main Street as well – raising the cost of doing business.’
In a fiery rally speech on Saturday, Trump addressed many of the crises. He warned of looming stagflation – the unusual combination of inflation and economic stagnation – and attacked Biden’s border policies.
He reserved much of his scorn for the manner of the U.S. departure from Afghanistan, comparing Biden’s military leaders to his World War Two hero General George Patton.
He asked: ‘Do you think that general George Patton would have left early out of Afghanistan?
Do you think he would have left dead soldiers for no reason whatsoever?
And do you think he would have left $85 billion worth of the best equipment anywhere in the world?’