‘Well, you know Joe is a pretty incompetent guy,’ Trump said on the south lawn. ‘I’ve watched his interviews, I’ve watched what he said and how he said it, and I wouldn’t have rated him very high in the first place, but Joe Biden has truly lost his fastball, that I can tell you.’
Biden, who Trump calls ‘sleepy,’ was polling from the mid-30s to low-40s in popularity among likely Democratic primary voters, but has fluctuated more substantially since the debates started in June.
The gaffe-prone candidate has come under fire for his history in the Senate where he was anti-bussing to segregate schools, and more recently he praised his relationship with now-deceased pro-segregationist lawmakers.
President Donald Trump hit 2020 contender and former Vice President Joe Biden as ‘a pretty incompetent guy,’ before visiting two cities that were rocked by mass shootings over the weekend
Biden, who Trump calls ‘sleepy,’ is the frontrunner candidate, but his popularity has fluctuated from the low-20s to low-40s
‘Joe Biden has truly lost his fastball,’ Trump said of the candidate
Trump made the comments as he departed to visit both Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas where a combined 31 people were shot dead in two separate mass shootings over the weekend
During the Democrat debates in Miami, Florida earlier this summer, fellow candidate Kamala Harris confronted Biden on his comments and voting record.
After the debates, Biden took a hit in the polls, earning only 22 per cent support in one poll – the lowest since announcing his candidacy – compared to his high of more than 41 per cent.
The president made his comments about Biden when responding to a reporter’s question about the former vice president’s claim that Trump has more in common with George Wallace, an Alabama governor during the 80s who was a known segregationist who supported Jim Crow policies, than the first U.S. President George Washington.
Trump has sometimes incited Washington when talking about his own accomplishments as president so far.
In the aftermath of two mass shootings, several Democrats have claimed that Trump’s rhetoric led to an environment that has emboldened this type of violence, and some 2020 presidential candidates have called the president a ‘white nationalist.’
Biden said Trump has more in common with known-segregationist George Wallace than first U.S. President George Washington
Many Democrats blamed the shootings on Trump’s rhetoric. And Biden said about Trump, ‘We won’t truly speak with one voice against hatred until your voice is no longer in the White House’
Trump said he didn’t believe his rhetoric had anything to do with it, and also said he wouldn’t blame the Dayton shooter on any of the leftist candidates the shooter may have supported.
‘No, I don’t think my rhetoric has at all. I think my rhetoric is a very, it brings people together,’ he said. ‘Our country is doing incredibly well.’
On Sunday a 21-year-old gunman opened fire at an El Paso Walmart, killing 22, and about a half-hour before the massacre, he posted a manifesto online that many say mirrors the president’s anti-immigration sentiments.
In the manifesto, thought to be authored by the alleged shooter, Patrick Crusius, he wrote ‘This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas.’ And police say told them when he was taken into custody that his goal was to kill as many Mexicans as he could.
Biden called Trump a white nationalist, but he has also come under fire for race-realted issues like supporting anti-bussing legislation to segregate schools when he was a senator and recently praising pro-segregationist lawmakers
The second alleged shooter was 24-year-old Connor Betts who was shot dead by police less than a minute after he began shooting in Dayton.
Trump delivered televised remarks on Monday condemning the hatred that led to the shootings.
‘We won’t truly speak with one voice against hatred until your voice is no longer in the White House,’ Biden tweeted in response to the remarks, he also said Trump uses ‘the office of the presidency to encourage and embolden white supremacy.’
Before departing for Dayton, Trump said he is concerned with hate in the country.
‘I am concerned about the rise of any group of hate. I don’t like it,’ Trump told reporters on the south lawn. ‘Any group of hate, whether it’s white supremacy, whether it’s any other kind of supremacy, whether it’s Antifa, whether it’s any group of hate, I am very concerned about it and I’ll do something about it.’
Despite his criticism of the vice president to the first black U.S. president, Trump has predicted that he will end up going head-to-head with Biden, rather than any of the other two dozen Democratic candidates, in the 2020 general elections.