President Donald Trump notoriously loves to insult his adversaries on Twitter. His prominent feuds on the social media site have involved everyone from “Crooked” Hillary Clinton to “Little Rocket Man” Kim Jong-un. Now, Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are feuding, and there have been threats on both sides of the spat.
On March 20th, at a rally for “It’s On Us,” a campaign to prevent sexual assault on college campuses, Biden said that he would have “beat the hell out of” Trump in high school. The former vice president cited comments Trump made about grabbing women in the now infamous Access Hollywood tape.
And today, March 22nd, Trump responded to the former vice president’s comment with a threat of his own. He claimed that Biden would “go down fast and hard” in a fistfight and called the politician “Crazy Joe Biden.”
As Trump alluded to in his tweet, this was actually the second time that Biden had threatened to beat him up. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Biden responded to the initial leak of the Access Hollywood tape by saying, “I wish we were in high school and I could take him behind the gym.”
While we agree with Biden that Trump’s comments about being able to grab women are unacceptable, we don’t support engaging in physical violence as a solution. Trump and Biden are both influential leaders, and we need them to act like role models. We need both men to do better.