(Reuters) – Hours after U.S. President Donald Trump described him as “stone-cold crooked,” Joe Biden, a number one Democratic contender within the 2020 race for the White Home, vowed on Wednesday the Republican president is “not going to destroy me.”
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks throughout a discussion board held by gun security organizations the Giffords group and March For Our Lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. October 2, 2019. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photograph
“Let me make one thing clear to Trump and his hatchet males and the particular pursuits funding his assaults in opposition to me,” Biden stated in ready remarks distributed by his marketing campaign prematurely of an look in Reno, Nevada, on Wednesday night time.
“I’m not going anyplace. You’re not going to destroy me. And also you’re not going to destroy my household. I don’t care how a lot cash you spend or how soiled the assaults get,” stated Biden, who leads in most opinion polls among the many 19 Democrats looking for their occasion’s nomination to face Trump in subsequent 12 months’s election.
The back-and-forth got here as Trump, first in a sequence of tweets after which at a information convention, angrily denounced an impeachment inquiry regarding a July name by which Trump requested Ukraine’s president to research Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian firm whereas his father was vice chairman.
Democrats have accused Trump of pressuring a weak U.S. ally to meddle within the 2020 election for his personal political profit.
On Wednesday, Trump insisted that he had acted appropriately, and referred to as Biden and his son “stone-cold crooked.” The president has repeatedly accused the pair of wrongdoing with out offering any proof.
Biden, in return, accused Trump of abuse of energy in a press release despatched to reporters earlier than his speech on Wednesday.
His marketing campaign stated Biden meant on the Reno occasion to painting Trump as a frightened bully.
“He did it as a result of, like each bully in historical past — he’s afraid,” Biden deliberate to say of Trump’s accusations in opposition to him and his son. “He’s afraid of simply how badly I might beat him subsequent November.”
Reporting by Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento, California; Enhancing by Peter Cooney