Mitch Landrieu, national co-chair of President Biden’s reelection campaign, said in a Sunday interview that former President Trump, the GOP front-runner for the presidential nomination, should not come within 100 miles of the White House, pointing to the 91 felony counts he faces.
“Do you know anybody, much less somebody who’s trying to be president, that has 91 felony counts against them right now in four separate courts, all across the country, brought by an independent legal system? There’s nobody in America,” Landrieu said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki.”
“And so the idea that he would be the president again is astounding. He shouldn’t be within 100 miles of the White House,” Landrieu continued.
Landrieu, who was tasked with implementing President Biden’s landmark infrastructure bill, indicated the Biden campaign intends to target Trump specifically for the legal battles he faces, including the recent $83.3 million verdict a New York jury determined he owes E. Jean Carroll for defaming her.
Landrieu’s comments come as the Biden campaign kicks into high gear as it begins what the Biden team views as a long general election season. Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley has secured 17 delegates, compared to Trump’s 32, of a total of 1,215 delegates for the party nomination. But she trails Trump in national polling averages by nearly 60 points, according to The Hill/Decision Desk HQ, and last week’s New Hampshire primary was seen as one of Haley’s best chances to assert her dominance in the race. While she performed well, she still came up 11 points shy of Trump.
Landrieu, in the interview, said he was confident the American public will see the 2024 election as a choice between Biden and “the Republican Party of Donald Trump — which is not even a recognizable Republican party to the Republicans that loved Ronald Reagan, or George Bush, or Mitt Romney or Liz Cheney, whoever those people might be.”