Former Vice President Joe Biden was on stage in Burlington, Iowa on Wednesday where he took the fight to President Donald Trump. The former vice president offered a fiery condemnation of the commander in chief, saying at one point that the president has a “toxic tongue.”
Biden referenced several instances of presidents leading through example, including former President George H.W. Bush renouncing his membership with the National Rifle Association after mass shootings and former President George W. Bush going to a mosque after 9/11. Before saying “there’s deafening silence now.
“Sadly, we don’t have that today,” he added. “Our president has aligned himself with the darkest forces in this nation.”
The former vice president accused Trump of embracing hate and racism as a political strategy:
“Trump offers no moral leadership. He seems to have no interest in unifying this nation. No evidence that the presidency has awakened his conscience in the least. Indeed, we have a president with a toxic tongue who has publicly and unapologetically embraced the political strategy of hate, racism, and division.”
Biden earned applause when he declared to the crowd “our president lacks the moral authority to lead,” and “has more in common with George Wallace than he does with George Washington.”
Watch the speech below, via CNN:
And it seems that President Trump was paying attention to Biden’s speech. After visiting with victims of the Dayton shooting in Ohio, the president lashed out at Biden from Air Force One, en route to visit with victims of the shooting in El Paso, Texas.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
“Watching Sleepy Joe Biden making a speech. Sooo Boring!” he wrote. “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.”