Former multi-term Democratic Senator from Delaware and two-time Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday his entry into the race for the 2020 U.S. presidency. He is automatically the front funner. Joe said it will be a “battle for the soul of this nation.”
That was a dig against President Donald Trump, alleging that his chaotic and possible justice-obstructing governing is threatening our norms and standards of democracy guaranteed to us by our U.S. Constitution.
Trump shot back Friday by saying, “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 . . . I will see you at the Starting Gate.”
It wasn’t the first time Trump has called Biden “Sleepy Joe” and accused him of low intelligence. Trump ought to be no one to talk about the latter. He talks like an adolescent picking a fight in the schoolyard. He constantly calls people names that he dreams up as if it proves his communication prowess and wit: Lying Ted (Cruz), Crooked Hilary (Clinton), Crazy Bernie (Sanders), and Pocahontas for Elizabeth Warren. Trash talk on the sports field is one thing; but a trash-talking U.S. president is pitiful! The man has no decency. And kindness? It’s a foreign word to him. Never heard of it.
Trump’s vocabulary is atrocious. How many times has he used the word “great” since he’s been president? And how many times has he attributed to himself this superlative or the like? He sounds like Muhammed Ali, saying, “I am the greatest.” But that was mostly as an act. After all, professional sports is entertainment, especially boxing. But governing the sole superpower nation in the world is no joke.
Trump has said, “Nobody respects women more than I do;” “nobody loves the Bible more than I do.” Vice News has a video of quotes by Donald Trump in which he says 24 different times that nobody does some thing (24 of them) better than he does. Such talk just reveals Trump’s classic narcissism, which is a serious psychological illness.
Donald Trump’s constant bolstering of himself in public speech heard round the world is nauseating to most people. It’s the same with his constant practice of characterizing people he doesn’t like as being “a disgrace.” On the contrary, it is The Donald who is a disgrace. His speech and unlawful actions as U.S. president sullies the office.Seventy-two year old Donald Trump also responded to seventy-six year old Joe Biden’s announcement to run for the presidency by claiming to be “a young, vibrant man. I’m so young I can’t believe it.” Well, believe it Donald because you act like you’re really young, that is, an adolescent.
In my game, which is golf, when you boast about your game, other golfers of like skill might say, “Let’s tee it up.” That’s the same as saying, “Let’s get it on.” That is, it’s a challenge. Trump, being a good golfer, knows all about this.
If obese Donald Trump and trim and shapely Joe Biden ran a 100 yard dash against each other, I’d put my money on Joe. At the finish line, it’s The Donald who would look Sleepy and Exhausted. And I suspect if they ran a mile, Trump might seriously expose himself to a heart attack.
McDonalds best customer has always derided exercise. The book Trump Revealed says, “After college, after Trump mostly gave up his personal athletic interests, he came to view time spent playing sports as time wasted. Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted.”
Heh Donald, look at all the pro golf I played, and with no golf cart, and I’ve exercised regularly in the gym all of my adult life. Such exercise builds muscle, endurance, and energy, not wastes energy. Your claim to uncanny intuition proves miserable on this one. Besides, how are you such an expert about exercise since you never do it?
Back in the early days of our republic, when a politician spoke derogatorily about his political opponent, they could get more serious about “teeing it up” than swinging clubs at a ball. There might be a challenge to a pistol duel. The most famous of such duels was in 1804 between Vice President Aaron Burr and Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton. The two had exchanged words in letters made public. Hamilton was a strong Christian opposed to dueling. Yet he challenged Burr to a duel, and Burr accepted. Burr shot Hamilton, who died the next day.
During the twilight of the presidential campaign in 2016, the Access Hollywood tape was shown on TV. In it, Trump made disgusting sexual assault remarks against women. Joe Biden objected publicly to it by saying, “The press always asks me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?’ No, I wish we were in high school and I could take him behind the gym.”
Well, I don’t expect there will be any fistfights between Biden and Trump from now until the November election in 2020. But if both men win their party’s nomination, as expected, their fight for the presidency will surely be a big bruiser with words.