Presently embroiled in an impeachment inquiry where he stands accused of pressuring a foreign power to investigate a potential political rival, President Donald Trump took direct aim toward that individual, Joe Biden, in a campaign rally speech he gave Thursday evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The president didn’t hold back his criticisms of Biden, at one point using vulgarities coupled with insults about his intellect in order to do so.
Pretending to be talking to Biden’s son, Hunter, Trump’s insults toward the former vice president were met with raucous laughter and applause from his crowd of supporters.
Biden “was never considered smart, he was never a good senator, he was only a good vice president because he understood how to kiss Barack Obama’s ass,” Trump said, according to a video tweeted out by Vox reporter Aaron Rupar.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 11, 2019
Biden himself was attending a forum hosted by the Human Rights Campaign on Thursday evening. Hours later, when Trump’s remarks were trending on Twitter, Biden responded by issuing a tweet out of his own.
“I spent my night at the HRC forum talking about the fundamental respect every human being deserves,” Biden wrote. “You [Trump] spent yours showing how little respect for anyone else you have. America is so much stronger than your weakness, @realdonaldtrump.”
I spent my night at the HRC forum talking about the fundamental respect every human being deserves. You spent yours showing how little respect for anyone else you have. America is so much stronger than your weakness, @realDonaldTrump.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 11, 2019
Biden has been considered the frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s nomination contests for much of the election season so far. However, in some recent polls he’s been overtaken by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. As of this moment, Biden has a 1.8 percent lead over Warren in the Real Clear Politics average of polls asking who Democrats support to become the nominee, to challenge Trump in the 2020 general election.
According to a recent Quinnipiac Poll, Biden leads Trump in a head-to-head contest. Fifty-one percent of Americans say they would vote for Biden over the incumbent president, while 40 percent say they would vote to re-elect Trump.