Hours after announcing his candidacy in a video, President Donald Trump welcomed former Vice President “Sleepy” Joe Biden (D) to the Democratic presidential primary race in a Thursday morning tweet, taking a shot at his intelligence.
On Thursday morning, Biden — the former vice president under former President Barack Obama — released a video where he officially entered into the Democratic presidential primary race after months of speculation and teasing.
Watch the video here:
Biden started his video by bringing up the events that happened at Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, illustrating his argument with footage from the event before taking a shot at Trump for his controversial “very fine people on both sides” comment.
He continued on in his video to claim that if Trump were reelected to the White House for another four years, he would “forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation.”
Mere hours later, Trump came out of the gate swinging, publishing a tweet welcoming “Sleepy Joe” to the race and saying he “hope[s]” Biden had the “intelligence” to win the nomination.
“Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas.”
“But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!” proclaimed the president.
Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2019
Even before he officially entered the race, Biden was considered a frontrunner for the nomination.
As IJR News previously reported, Biden has focused his campaign on trying to take back the working-class voters who backed away from the Democrats in 2016 in favor of Trump.
Biden came under fire in recent weeks after multiple women came forward accusing him of “inappropriate touching.” Biden addressed the controversy by claiming it was not his intention to make people feel uncomfortable.
Former Nevada State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores (D-Nev.) disagreed with his claim, however, blasting his apology on Fox News on Monday and saying that Biden “didn’t mean that at all,” as IJR Red noted.
Biden is the latest entrant into a growing Democratic primary consisting of 18 other Democrats and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).