Biden and Trump clash on age and Trump’s ‘fine people’ Charlottesville comments
Just a day after Joe Biden entered the 2020 election race, the former vice president and President Donald Trump have already locked horns on Trump’s Charlottesville protest remarks that enraged Democrats two years ago. Game on.
Biden angered the right and dragged Trump into a two-year-old battle when he hammered the president’s response to a white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, in a campaign video released on Thursday.
Specifically, Biden trashed Trump for stating that there “were very fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville. By his comments, the former vice president accused Trump of tarnishing “the core values of this nation.”
The core values of this nation… our standing in the world… our very democracy...everything that has made America -- America --is at stake. That’s why today I’m announcing my candidacy for President of the United States. #Joe2020https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019
“‘Very fine people on both sides?’ With those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalency between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it,” Biden said in his video address, over ominous images of torch-bearing protesters waving swastikas and Confederate flags.
Biden had conveniently forgotten to mention that Trump explicitly “condemned totally” the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who had turned up at the protests, adding that the “fine people” he spoke about were in Charlottesville to protest the taking down of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee.
There’s a real problem here. Trump clearly condemned the neo-Nazi’s but Biden knows that the media will repeat this lie over and over as they have for the past year and a half. And the few decent media people/public figures are afraid to say anything. (Trolling in video aside.) https://t.co/c8q9uDqgl7— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) April 26, 2019
The claim that Trump called neo-nazis "very fine people" is demonstrably false. pic.twitter.com/eXW2HmzoGz— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 26, 2019
Sad! @JoeBiden starts his 2020 campaign with a total lie. Trump didn’t call neo-Nazis “fine people.” Here’s the actual quote from that presser:“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should condemned totally.” https://t.co/LNFIrDd5uZ— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) April 25, 2019
In true Democratic fashion, Joe Biden launched his presidential run based upon false identity politics.Also, note to Joe, when President Trump referred to, "very fine people," he was talking about those supporting or opposing the statues - not neo-Nazis.But you KNEW that.— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) April 25, 2019
“I was talking about people that went because they felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee, a great general, whether you like it or not,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, shooting down questions from the media.Also on rt.com Former US Vice President Joe Biden announces 2020 Democratic presidential run
The president, who immediately nicknamed the former VP “sleepy joe” on Thursday, fired off another jibe at Biden before departing the White House on Friday, targeting his 76-year-old rival’s age.
“I feel like a young man,” the 72-year-old president told reporters. “I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe, I don’t know about him.”
“I would never say anyone’s too old,” Trump continued, smiling at the cameras. “But I know they’re all making me look very young, both in terms of age and in terms of energy.” Biden’s main Democratic rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, is the oldest candidate in the field, at 77 years old.
Likely anticipating a challenge from Biden, Trump taunted his rival earlier this month, before his announcement. With Biden attempting to handle accusations of inappropriate groping and, bizarrely, sniffing, from multiple women, Trump tweeted a fan-made meme video featuring the handsy former VP fondling himself, along with the caption “WELCOME BACK JOE.”
WELCOME BACK JOE! pic.twitter.com/b2NbBSX3sx— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2019
Video footage of Biden groping women and children at Washington events has circulated online for years. However, the latest media furor over Biden’s behavior has hardly dented his popularity. According to a recent Politico poll, Biden currently enjoys a lead over all 19 other Democratic candidates, and over Trump himself by a margin of eight points.
With a year and a half yet to go before the 2020 election, Trump’s tweet on Thursday is likely prophetic: “It will be nasty.”
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