Biden, Trump target each other in weekend speeches

by ian

Hot off securing their respective parties’ nominations, former President Donald Trump and incumbent Joe Biden used weekend events to trash-talk each other.

Trump made his remarks during a rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Saturday. The rally was held for Republican Senate candidate Bernie Moreno, whom Trump endorsed. But he used the moment before the podium to gin up support for his campaign by pointing to Biden’s presidency. Focusing mainly on immigration, Trump called Biden “a great threat to our democracy.”

But Trump made headlines for another comment he made. While talking about bringing jobs back to the United States, Trump made an offhand comment again trashing Biden saying that his reelection would “be a bloodbath for the country.”

This particular moment was almost exclusively singled out from his entire speech by multiple news outlets. Even the Biden reelection campaign seized on the opportunity, calling Trump a “loser” who promotes “threats of political violence” in his speeches.

The Daily Wire notes that many of these outlets did not contextualize the comment, and just published the “bloodbath” portion of it.

President Biden targeted his opponent during a big dinner gathering. Attending the annual Gridiron Club and Foundation Dinner, Biden took a surprising shot at Trump’s mental acuity. The dinner is known for its comedic atmosphere, so Biden flung a few jokes before he focused on Trump. He said:

Of course, the big news this week is two candidates clinched their parties’ nomination for president. One candidate is too old and mentally unfit to be president. The other is me. Look, I’m running against the same guy that I beat in 2020. But don’t tell him. He thinks he’s running against Barack Obama.

Ironically, Biden has faced more accusations for his mental acuity as he continues to exhibit signs of fatigue. This recently came to a head with the revelation of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation, which concluded by saying Biden couldn’t be charged for holding documents because the jury would likely see him as a “well meaning, elderly man.”