On Wednesday, Democratic presidential primary front-runner Joe Biden had some fiery words for Donald Trump. Biden stated that Trump has “fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation,”
“The danger that Donald Trump and the alt-right pose to this nation isn’t hypothetical,” Biden said.
Biden’s statements during a speech in Burlington, Iowa came on the same day that Trump traveled to El Paso and Dayton despite being asked by lawmakers and citizens from each city not to come. Trump was met by angry protesters in both cities. City leaders told Trump their cities needed time to heal after mass shootings took 31 lives and injured dozens of others. Citizens of El Paso and Dayton made it clear they did not want Trump or his racist rhetoric in their cities.
On Wednesday, Trump claimed that by linking him to recent violence Democrats were “trying to make political points.”
When Trump was asked about Biden’s comments Wednesday morning as he departed the White House Trump called the former vice president “incompetent.”
“Joe Biden has truly lost his fastball, that I can tell you,” he added.
During Biden’s speech, Trump tweeted: “Watching Sleepy Joe Biden making a speech. Sooo Boring! The LameStream Media will die in the ratings and clicks with this guy. It will be over for them, not to mention the fact that our Country will do poorly with him. It will be one big crash, but at least China will be happy!”
This was Trump’s first tweet after leaving the grieving city of Dayton.
Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, fired back at Trump stating “glad you’re watching. He’s talking to you.”
When Biden was asked after his speech about Trump’s tweet, he simply stated that Trump needed to “get a life.”
Ever since Biden launched his campaign he has targeted Trump’s racist rhetoric
During his speech, Biden stated, “how far is it from the white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville – Trump’s ‘very fine people’ — chanting ‘You will not replace us’ – to the shooter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh saying Jews ‘were committing genocide to his people?’ Not far at all.”
He added that “Trump offers no moral leadership; no interest in unifying the nation, no evidence the presidency has awakened his conscience in the least…Instead, we have a president with a toxic tongue who has publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism, and division.”
Biden also added that presidents from Republican George W. Bush to Democrat Barack Obama have “stepped up” during massacres that have tested the country.
“Our president isn’t up to the moment,” Biden said adding he “lacks the moral authority to lead.”
Sen. Cory Booker also tied Trump to the shootings in a recent speech.
“The act of anti-Latino, anti-immigrant hatred we witnessed this past weekend did not start with the hand that pulled the trigger,” Booker stated.”It was sowed from the highest office in our land who we see in tweets and rhetoric, hateful words that ultimately endanger the lives of people in our country.”