After months of speculation, former Vice President Joe Biden formally announced his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
In the video message, Biden recalls the white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups that descended on Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. Trump's responses at the time were widely criticized for placing Nazis and those who march against them on the same moral plane. Biden says that hearing Trump's response made him realize "the threat to this nation was unlike any that I'd ever seen in my lifetime."
Watch Biden's announcement below:
Biden said again of Trump:
"If we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation."
It wasn't long before Donald Trump responded through his favorite medium, Twitter, where he christened Biden with a nickname and insulted his intelligence.
Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary… https://t.co/p7PH3ZQEe7— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1556194938.0
Trump—who is two years into his first ever position in public office—gave the former Vice President and 30 year Senator advice on the Democratic primary, warning that it would be "nasty." Trump should know, given that in his Republican primary, he insulted an opponent's wife's looks, calling an opponent an 'embarrassment to his family,' and referenced the size of his penis on a national debate stage.
People began calling him out.
@realDonaldTrump ‘Sleepy Joe’ is one of the odd nickname coming from a man who does nothing but sit in front of his TV all day and not work— Roland Scahill (@Roland Scahill)1556195125.0
@realDonaldTrump Guy elected Senator at 29 versus guy struggling to make a four-year term without 728 convictions. Place your bets!— Eric Garland (@Eric Garland)1556197401.0
@realDonaldTrump Sleepy? From the guy who spends his mornings in bed in his jammies watching cable news?— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Vote Dem for the Planet)1556196458.0
@realDonaldTrump I cant wait until he SHREDS you in a debate like he did a few years ago with paul ryan! & you sho… https://t.co/72UT9Zlrmt— Beach Cat (@Beach Cat)1556200284.0
It's going to be a long year and a half.