United States President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden exercised their political vocal cords June 11, at different locations in the state of Iowa, a sure sign that the nation will have an election 17 months from now in November 2020.
The ancient practice of political opponents condemning each other has begun.
Trump is expected to be the Republican presidential candidate seeking a second term, and Democrat Biden, is presently leading the polls, as a potential front runner.
Here are some of the negative assaults expected to perk up the ears of millions of voters.
Even before he left the White House, Trump kick-started his political oratory by unleashing a series of schoolyard taunts, including “Joe Biden is a dummy.”
Biden quickly retorted that the president is “an existential threat to this country.” Of, based on, or expressing existence.
“I’d rather run against Biden than anybody,” Trump told reporters before flying to Iowa. “I think he’s the weakest mentally and I like running against people that are weak mentally.”
Biden said such behavior is beneath the office of the presidency. He noted that Trump found time to go after Bette Midler in the middle of the D-Day ceremonies, referring to the president’s ongoing online feud with the actress.
Biden began the day in Ottumwa, the heart of Wapello County, a meat-packing and agricultural manufacturing center Trump was the first Republican to carry since Dwight D. Eisenhower. It’s part of “Biden’s dual track approach:” campaigning for the caucuses while projecting himself as someone who can win in territory Trump grabbed from the Democrats in 2016, such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
“I hope his presence here will be a clarifying event because Iowa farmers have been crushed by his tariffs toward China,” Biden said. “It’s really easy to be tough when someone else absorbs the pain, farmers and manufacturers.”
He said that Trump “backed off his threat of tariffs to Mexico basically because he realized he was likely to lose” in the manufacturing states such as Michigan and Ohio.
“I fought very hard for ethanol but you proved me right,” Trump said, adding that he fought “for the American farmer like no president has fought before.”
But he then, again, mocked Biden while chiding former President Barack Obama, saying, “America must never again be held hostage to foreign suppliers as we were under the Obama-Biden, Sleepy Joe group.”
The president said Biden was “some place in Iowa today, and he said my name so many times that people couldn’t stand it.”
Trump has been stung by criticism that what he announced Friday, resembled steps Mexico had already agreed to take. The president predicted in Council Bluffs, that the U.S. would soon be increasing its corn exports to its southern neighbor: “Mexico’s going to be doing a lot of buying.”
That’s just the start of the campaign and you’ll probably get weary of the repeated words and phrases blasting your ears during the months ahead.