Biden Succeeds Off Trump’s Misfortune

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Former President Donald Trump’s arraignment has been a spectacle, taking the front page across different media platforms. With coverage in every new station, and many people expressing their views on the New York City hush money payment charges, Trump saw an opportunity to strengthen his position.

Following his indictment, the 2024 presidential candidate was quick to increase his fundraising efforts, which allowed him to raise $4 million within 24 hours. Still, while at first glance it might appear that he is the one benefitting the most from his legal woes, there is another beneficiary who might end up getting the most out of this case.

President Biden, who is potentially going to be Trump’s opponent in 2024, has benefitted from being out of the spotlight for an entire week. Only days after Trump’s arraignment, the Department of Education announced a change to Title IX which would prohibit federally funded education programs from having any sex-based discrimination, essentially blocking the GOP’s attempts to ban transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports.

On the same day, the administration put out a 12-page summary detailing the events of the 2021 withdrawal from Afghanistan in which they blamed Trump for many of the reasons that led to the chaos.

Still, despite the importance of these events, the news media has predominantly been focusing on Trump’s arraignment, which has led to many movie-like scenes that the media could use in their coverage. Fox News host Dan Bongino, even noted: “The mainstream media…is loving every minute of this,” referring to Trump’s arraignment.