While speaking to reporters on Friday morning, President Donald Trump dismissed claims by former Vice President Joe Biden that he is a bully.
Biden asserted as much in an interview this week, the Washington Post reported, explaining that he knows how to deal with bullies due to his experiences with them in the past.
Trump is “the bully that I knew my whole life,” Biden said. “He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully that used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack him in the mouth.”
Trump responded to questions from reporters about his response to Biden’s words.
“I don’t think I’m a bully at all,” he said, per a tweet from CBS News, before explaining he merely doesn’t like being taken advantage of.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 5, 2019
But there are plenty of times that Trump has made bullying remarks to individuals that cannot be ignored by his recent denials.
Trump is infamous for crafting nicknames for those who stand against him, politically or ethically. His use of disparaging nicknames toward his political opponents is so widely known that there’s even a Wikipedia page, entitled “List of nicknames used by Donald Trump,” dedicated to them.
As Business Insider notes, these nicknames are used frequently toward many of his favorite targets. He’s called Rep. Adam Schiff (D-California) “Little Adam Schiff,” and one time called him “Adam Schitt.” He’s also called Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi “Nervous Nancy,” and derided presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg as looking like Alfred E. Neuman from Mad Magazine.
That doesn’t even delve into the fact that, whenever negative news is reported on him, Trump is likely to deride whichever news organization reported on it as “fake news.” There are at least 451 occasions of Trump tweeting the term, according to the Trump Twitter Archive, and 22 additional times he’s used it as a hashtag.
Sometimes Trump gets lazy with his name-calling. He has described Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), and CNN journalist Jim Acosta, as “crazy.” Other times, Trump gets downright racist with his nicknames, describing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) as “Pocahontas” due to her claims of having some Native American ancestry.
And during the presidential campaign, who could ever forget, Trump calling Hillary Clinton “crooked” on many occasions?
Trump has even disparaged Biden as “Sleepy Joe” in recent tweets, doing so while he was at the G20 Summit with foreign dignitaries.
His brutish attacks target groups of people as well. Per a list assembled by Planned Parenthood, Trump has called Mexican immigrants rapists, drug dealers, and criminals; he also voiced support of people at his political rallies beating up a “Black Lives Matter” protester who was in the audience.
Bullying, according to StopBullying.gov, is “unwanted, aggressive behavior…that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.” He certainly fits the definition in one documented incident.
As documented in 2015 by CNN, Trump reportedly screamed at an attorney who had to take a break during a deposition because she had to pump breast milk. “You’re disgusting,” Trump allegedly said to her.
“He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there,” attorney Elizabeth Beck said at the time.
This documented behavior by Trump runs counter to the push against bullying that his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, has made in her “Be Best” campaign. Many have criticized the campaign itself, arguing the first person it ought to try to address on bullying should be Trump himself.
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