“If it’s true, and based on everything he’s said I believe the article’s true, I’d ask you all the rhetorical question: How do you feel? How would you feel if you had a kid in Afghanistan right now? How would you feel if you lost a son, daughter, husband, wife? How would you feel, for real?” he mentioned.
“I’ve never been as disappointed in my whole career with a leader I’ve worked with — president or otherwise,” Biden mentioned. “It is absolutely damnable. It is a disgrace.”
After per week of escalating assaults on Trump’s presidency — together with questioning on Monday whether or not Americans might really feel secure with Trump within the Oval Office — Biden at instances barely hid his anger on Friday.
He instructed reporters he’d determined Friday morning to depart at residence a Gold Star given to him by the Delaware National Guard to honor his deceased son Beau Biden’s navy service in Iraq, “because I was worried that if I focused too much on it that I would engage in some of the kind of language the President’s used.”
“I just think it is sick. It is deplorable. It is so un-American. It is so unpatriotic,” Biden mentioned.
Pointing to Beau Biden’s service in Iraq and as a civilian in Kosovo, Biden mentioned his son “wasn’t a sucker.”
He mentioned Trump “should humbly apologize to every Gold Star mother and father and every Blue Star family that he has denigrated and insulted. Who the heck does he think he is?”
“Duty, honor, country: These are values that drive our service members, an all-voluntary outfit. President Trump has demonstrated he has no sense of service; no loyalty to any cause other than himself,” Biden mentioned. “If I have the honor to be the next commander in chief, I will ensure that our American heroes know that I have their back, honor their sacrifice, and those that have been injured will be in military parades.”
Biden’s feedback got here the day after The Atlantic reported, citing unnamed sources, that Trump had denigrated those that have been wounded and killed in battle and questioned the intelligence of those that enlist within the navy. Trump on Friday referred to as the report “a fake story.”
Biden mentioned he sought to preserve himself from utilizing language that mimicked Trump’s private assaults on folks as a result of he was making an attempt to lead by instance.
“Presidents of the United States should be presidential and should lead by example, as well as make clear exactly where they stand,” Biden mentioned. “Getting down in the gutter like the President does, saying things that I’d be inclined if we were behind a barn somewhere, would be a different thing. But that’s not the job of a president.”
During a question-and-answer session with reporters, Biden additionally mentioned for the primary time that he’d been examined as soon as for coronavirus and plans to be examined repeatedly shifting ahead.
“This cannot go on. It’s a deconstruction of a democratic system,” Biden mentioned. “The words of a president matter — even a lousy president. It gives encouragement to people who are spouting irrational views.”