25, April 2019
US President Donald Trump has attacked former Vice President Joe Biden on social media, mocking the veteran Democratic politician for his physical and mental abilities.
Trump insulted Biden on Thursday questioning the septuagenarian’s capacity in his first reaction shortly after Biden’s official announcement that he will run for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election.
“Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign,” Trump tweeted in the morning.
Trump tried to dissuade Biden from pursuing the Democratic nomination, saying the upcoming political competition would “be nasty” and he would be forced to confront “people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas,” an apparent reference to other Democratic primary candidates.
“But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!” Trump tweeted.
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
Election pundits regard Biden as the front-runner of the Democratic Party candidates seeking to challenge Trump in the upcoming election.
Biden officially announced his intention to seek the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Republican Trump in their quest for the White House on Thursday.
‘I asked president Obama not to endorse’
Biden said that he asked his old boss Barack Obama not to endorse him because wanted to win the nomination on his own merits.
“I asked president Obama not to endorse,” Biden told reporters, adding: “Whoever wins this nomination should win it on its own merits.”
Asked whether he believed that he was the Democratic party’s best choice to compete against Trump in the upcoming race for the presidency, Biden answered: “That’ll be for the Democrats to decide.”
A source close to Obama said the former president was “excited” by the extraordinary and diverse talent in the Democratic lineup and believed it would be best “to let the candidates make their cases directly to the voters.”
However, an Obama spokesperson, Katie Hill, noted that Obama and Biden had “forged a special bond” during their eight-year work in the White House and still remained close.
In January 2017, days before the end of Obama’s presidency, Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the US, to Biden.
Meanwhile, Biden is one among twenty candidates seeking the Democratic nomination.
Other nominees include senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, several current and former members of the House of Representatives and Obama’s former cabinet member Julian Castro.