President Trump lobbed playground insults at Joe Biden in a nakedly political speech from the White House on Monday, calling the Democratic nominee “stupid” and even berating his son. Speaking behind a podium on the White House North Portico, Trump barely acknowledged the fact that it was Labor Day and instead dedicated most of his freewheeling, nearly hour-long remarks to harsh partisan attacks, as millions of American workers remained unemployed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Biden is a stupid person, you know that,” Trump told assembled reporters. “You’re not going to write it, but you know that.” The president also dredged up his since-long debunked corruption accusations against Biden’s son over his work for a Ukrainian energy company.
“His son, where is Hunter? I call him ‘Where is Hunter?’” Trump said. “You talk about quid pro quo, with me there was none. With him, he’s right there on tape, and you don’t want to cover it. You should be ashamed of yourselves. The press should be ashamed of themselves.”
Trump was impeached for trying to pressure Ukraine’s government into launching an investigation of his baseless claims about Hunter Biden. While Trump spent Labor Day taking potshots at Biden and his son, the ex-vice president marked the holiday by meeting with labor leaders in Lancaster, Pa.
Biden, who’s trouncing Trump in most polls with less than two months to go until Election Day, told the union members that, if he wins on Nov. 3, “You’re going to have the best friend labor has ever had in the White House.”
He also faulted Trump for not doing more to resolve deadlocked negotiations on Capitol Hill for another COVID-19 economic stimulus package.
“He has been spending too much time on the golf courses and the sand traps,” Biden sneered. Asked at the White House why he hasn’t gotten more involved in the congressional talks, Trump offered a quizzical response. “I am taking the high road. I’m taking the high road by not seeing them,” Trump said of Democratic leaders.