Trump repeated his unproven claim that the 2020 presidential election was somehow stolen by the Democrats in a December 30 post shared on his social media platform Truth Social.
The clear favorite to win the Republican nomination also called Biden “crooked,” the same word he used to describe Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the 2016 race.
Since last year, Trump’s chances of beating Biden in a potential rematch have gotten better, even though inflation and ongoing border problems are still hurting the president’s approval numbers.
“As the New Year fast approaches, I would like to wish an early New Year’s salutation to crooked Joe Biden and his group of radical left misfits and thugs on their never-ending attempt to destroy our nation through lawfare, invasion and rigging elections,” Trump said in the post.
“They are now scrambling to sign up as many of those millions of people they are illegally allowing into sour (sic) country, in order that they will be ready to vote in the presidential election of 2024.”
Biden finished 2023 with an approval rating of 39 percent, a slight uptick from the 37 percent he had in October and November, but it remains the worst of any modern-day president, according to data from Gallup. Trump had an approval rating of 45 percent in 2019.
The former president has also enjoyed some victories this year, including his reinstatement on X, formerly Twitter, after owner Elon Musk reversed a previous decision to ban him from the site following the riot at the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.
But Trump has also had a rough year. He has been sued several times and is facing criminal charges.
In March, he was charged with 34 felonies for allegedly giving adult film star Stormy Daniels hush money before the 2016 election.
There are also three more charges against the former president. Two are federal charges, and one is from Fulton County, Georgia. In June, Trump was charged with mishandling secret papers.
In August, he was charged with trying to change the results of the 2020 election. He has said he did nothing wrong and pleaded not guilty to all the claims against him.
Even though Trump has been in trouble with the law, he is still far ahead of his closest competitors in the race for the Republican ticket.