After Former Vice President Joe Biden took a fresh set of jabs at the President while speaking to a crowd at the University of Miami Trump was quick to respond, escalating tensions between the two from Twitter. This isn’t the first time the two have verbally sparred but it is perhaps the most confrontational the two have gotten as fresh threats of physicality were traded back and forth.
Not for the first time Biden began the back and forth stating:
“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,’” Biden said. “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,” Biden 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.”
The comments, made at a rally for “It’s On Us;” a sexual assault awareness group oriented towards college-age students, seemed to have an impact on the President who responded early the next morning from Twitter.
Biden has yet to respond to Trump’s latest quip but this is almost certainly not going to be the last incident between the two, especially as Biden seems to edge closer and closer to announcing a presidential bid for the 2020 election. Whether or not the speculation whirling around Biden as a 2020 hopeful had any role to play in the altercation is unclear but Trump has regularly speculated, in public and in private, as to who his opponent might be, and what challenges that opponent may present.
When Oprah’s Oscar speech stirred up rumors about a potential Presidential run from the mega-celebrity Trump was quick to Tweet out his ascertain of the risk she posed:
Unfortunately just as Trump’s tweet at Oprah served to distract from the real issue at hand: her incredibly poignant message about societal inequality at the Oscars, it had the same impact on the real reason Biden was speaking at the University of Miami’s “It’s On Us” Rally: to promote sexual assault awareness.
While at the rally Biden made some important points that are worth reiterating whether they caught the President’s attention or not.
“Sexual assault is about power and the abuse of power more than it is about sex,” Biden said. “It’s not just on the men. It’s on you women, as well, on campus. All the studies show that 95 percent of young women who are abused — the first person they tell is their roommate, their friend, someone on campus. You’ve got to inform yourself as to what facilities are available, what help is available, not just empathize, hug and say, ‘I’m so sorry.’ You have an obligation to be informed.”
Avoiding the altercation between the Former Vice President and the current President the University of Miami tweeted a response to the appearance made by Biden.
“Today’s @itsonus rally reminded us that we are responsible for creating an environment where sexual assault and gender-based violence is unacceptable,” the university said in a tweet. “Thank you @joebiden for bringing us your legacy of ending violence against women and empowering our students to take action.”