President Donald Trump on Thursday called former Vice President Joe Biden “weak, both mentally and physically,” suggesting he could easily beat up Biden, in response to the former vice president’s comment that he would have sought to fight Trump over his remarks about women if the two were in high school together.
“Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault,” Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday morning. “He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”
Biden’s remarks came earlier this week at the University of Miami, where he reiterated to students comments he had made on the 2016 campaign trail after the publication of Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape, wherein the current president can be heard bragging about how his celebrity status allowed him to sexually assault women without consequence.
"A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, 'I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'" Biden said last Tuesday, according to ABC News. "They asked me if I’d like to debate this gentleman, and I said 'no.' I said, 'If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'"
"I've been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life," the former vice president continued. "I'm a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room."
Biden has kept up his criticism of Trump since leaving office early last year, stoking talk that he might launch a White House bid in 2020 to unseat him. Trump, who is 71 years old, was the oldest person ever to assume the presidency, but would lose that title to the 75-year-old Biden if the former vice president were to unseat him.
In a subsequent post to Twitter, Trump lobbed criticism at his 2016 foe, Hillary Clinton, taunting those who suggested that her campaign apparatus and fundraising would make her an insurmountable opponent for the president.
"Remember when they were saying, during the campaign, that Donald Trump is giving great speeches and drawing big crowds, but he is spending much less money and not using social media as well as Crooked Hillary’s large and highly sophisticated staff. Well, not saying that anymore!" Trump wrote online.