What’s clear in that phone call is that Trump was worried about the possibility of having to face the former vice president in 2020, and wanted to bloody him up a bit (or even disqualify him) in the early days of the Democratic primary.
“It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it. If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong.”
What a coincidence! Not.
Remember that Trump is the consummate cable TV addict and there’s ample evidence that he was already following the Democratic race for the chance to run against him well before the Ukraine call or his comments to Stephanopoulos.
“In tweets, public remarks and private conversations, Trump is making clear he is closely following the campaign to challenge him on the ballot. Facing no serious primary opponent of his own — at least so far — Trump is establishing himself as an in-their-face observer of the Democratic Party’s nominating process — and no one will be surprised to find that he’s not being coy about weighing in.”
“I’d rather run against Biden rather than anybody — I think he’s the weakest mentally. I like running against people who are weak mentally. I think Joe is the weakest up here [pointing to his head]. The other ones have much more energy.”
Trump knew all the way back on that “perfect” phone call what fate likely awaited him if Joe Biden wound up winning the Democratic nomination. He tried to put his hand on the scale to keep Biden from it but failed.
And then, as he undoubtedly feared even back in the summer of 2019, he watched as Biden beat him anyway.