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Ex-NBC reporter says Trump supporters under 'toxic delusion in a toxic cult,' Biden shouldn't run

Despite his harsh criticisms of Trump and his supporters, Costas is not optimistic about Biden's chances in the 2024 election.

Published: February 25, 2024 10:38am

Former NBC sportscaster Bob Costas slammed former President Donald Trump's supporters while also advocating against President Joe Biden's 2024 reelection campaign. 

Trump "is by far the most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history" and he "has a bubbling cauldron of loathsome traits," Costas said Saturday on CNN's "Smerconish"

"You have to be in the throes of some sort of toxic delusion in a toxic cult to believe that Donald Trump has ever been in any sense, emotionally, psychologically, intellectually or ethically fit to be president of the United States. But his supporters are locked in on that," Costas told host Michael Smerconish.

Despite his harsh criticisms of Trump and his supporters, Costas is not optimistic about Biden's chances in the 2024 election, which appears likely to be a 2020 rematch between the two. 

Biden's "legacy is likely to be that of a man whose hubris prevented him from seizing the moment in an appropriate way," Costas said.

"At best" Biden "can squeak by Trump," he also said. "If he squeaks by, it's very likely that he cannot complete his second term, he'd be 86 at the end of it."

While Costas stated what he views as Biden's accomplishments in the Oval Office, he said that the president "cannot make a clear cogent vigorous case for himself nor can he prosecute the obvious case against Trump in the court of public opinion."

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