Trump harshly attacks Biden for the first time after the debate

Trump harshly attacks Biden for the first time after the debate
Trump harshly attacks Biden for the first time after the debate

Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of abuse at US President Joe Biden on Tuesday, in a merciless attack on the Democrat who is facing calls to withdraw from the race for the White House following his poor performance in the last debate between the two.

Trump’s speech at his golf club in Doral, near Miami, Florida, was his first public appearance since questions began to arise about Biden’s candidacy for the November presidential election. The former Republican president harshly criticized the Democrats, whom he accused of lying to protect the president.

“This is the greatest cover-up in political history,” Trump thundered near the start of a 75-minute speech that focused almost entirely on his 81-year-old electoral rival. “As you know, they are all co-conspirators in the sinister plot to deceive the American public about the cognitive abilities of the man who occupies the Oval Office.”

Political analysts noted before the rally that Trump, 78, had been relatively restrained in recent days, staying out of the spotlight to allow all media attention to focus on the Democratic leadership crisis.

But in front of hundreds of supporters who turned out to see him, Trump threw out all restraint and called Biden a “corrupt, incompetent and cognitively challenged” leader.

In a speech peppered with exaggerations and questionable claims without evidence, the billionaire accused Biden of regularly being absent from the Oval Office while his son Hunter, a convicted felon, runs the government assisted by first lady Jill Biden.

For much of the rally, he repeated his standard speech, characterizing the United States as a country on the brink of catastrophe.

The former president proposed to his successor that they hold a debate without moderators and, in a more light-hearted moment, challenged him to a round of golf in Doral, eliciting smiles from the numerous attendees, who endured hours of infernal heat to watch him.

“If he wins, I’ll give the charity of his choice, any charity he wants, a million dollars. And I bet he doesn’t take me up on that offer,” promised Trump, who had sparred with Biden in their June 27 debate over who was the better golfer.

There are growing calls, even within his own Democratic camp, for Biden to let another candidate contest the election against Trump after his dismal performance in that duel, in which he appeared confused and even rambled.

“Joe Biden has no time for Donald Trump’s bizarre antics, he’s busy leading America and defending the free world,” the Democratic president’s campaign team responded. “Donald Trump is a liar, a convict and a fraud who only thinks about himself,” they concluded.

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