- President Donald Trump at a Republican fundraiser on Tuesday joked about allegations that Joe Biden inappropriate touched several women.
- “I felt like Joe Biden. But I meant it,” Trump quipped after telling a story about wanting to kiss a US Army general.
- After remarking on Biden being attacked by “socialists” over the touching claims, Trump joked: “‘Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?'”
- The quip appeared to be a reference to the much more serious allegations many women have made against Trump.
President Donald Trump at a Republican fundraiser Tuesday repeatedly aimed gibes at Joe Biden, joking that he wanted to call Biden in sympathy at the political trouble caused by accusations from several women that Biden touched them inappropriately.
Speaking at an event for the National Republican Congressional Committee, Trump – who has faced multiple, much more serious, accusations of impropriety from women – told the former vice president “welcome to the world.”
Trump has categorically denied women’s claims of unwanted sexual advances. Biden has not been accused of sexual misconduct but rather has been accused of touching women in ways that made them feel uncomfortable. He has said “not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately.”
President Trump: "[Biden] is being taken care of pretty well by the socialists. They got to him. Our former Vice President. I was going to call him. I don't know him well. I was going to say, 'Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?'" https://t.co/sYEfKs2ZzV pic.twitter.com/mvaRpl2pAg
— The Hill (@thehill) April 3, 2019
Trump repeatedly mocked Biden’s trouble, starting with an anecdote about congratulating a general in Iraq.
“I said, ‘General, give me a kiss.’ I felt like Joe Biden. But I meant it,” Trump said, prompting laughter and applause.
Trump went on to discuss Republicans drawing battle lines for the “war” on “socialists” in the 2020 election.
He said Biden – whom he called the only “non-, sort of, heavy socialist” in contention for the 2020 nomination – was “being taken care of pretty well by the socialists.”
The mention was a nod to reports that supporters of the left-wing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders were helping to promote the claims against Biden.
“I was going to call him – I don’t know him well,” Trump continued. “I was going to say: ‘Welcome to the world, Joe. You having a good time, Joe?'”
Trump has faced accusations of sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour from multiple women, and his 2016 presidential campaign was almost derailed by the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape, in which he boasted of groping women.
Sympathy, even mocking, from Trump is likely to be damaging for a candidate who has proclaimed his willingness to confront Trump’s sexism,and declared his support for the #MeToo movement to expose sexual harrassment.
Biden, who has still not declared his intention to run in 2020 but has nevertheless topped polls of likely Democratic challengers to Trump, has previously taken the president to task for his comments about women.
The latest allegations against Biden emerged on Tuesday night, when two more women came forward to accuse Biden of unwanted and inappropriate touching.
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