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‘The former guy’ versus ‘Sleepy Joe’ – why Biden and Trump are loathe to utter each other’s name

By Roger J. Kreuz, Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology, University of Memphis
During his 2024 State of the Union Address, President Joe Biden mentioned his presumptive challenger, Donald Trump, 15 times – but never once by name.

Instead, Biden referred to him as “my predecessor” 13 times. He also called him a “former Republican president” and a “former American president.”

These weren’t mistakes or memory lapses – the circumlocutions appeared in the president’s prepared…The Conversation

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