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Joe Biden defended himself against Donald Trump Jr.’s insinuation that parents shouldn’t trust him with their children.
“What he’s trying to do is get it going on the internet. Say it enough, and people believe it,” Biden told Yahoo News of President Trump’s eldest child. “It’s sick. It’s sick. It’s sick. But he is his father’s son.”
The presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee stopped himself there, insisting he didn’t “want to get down in the mud with these guys” and that “people know me.”
Over the weekend, Trump Jr. shared a meme on Instagram, implying Biden was sexually attracted to children.
Trump Jr. claimed to have been “joking around” but then posted a video of Biden interacting with women and children in a way that made them look uncomfortable.
Eric Trump, the president’s second-oldest son, also pushed the “#CreepyJoeBiden” content.
Biden, the two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator, made the comments at the tail end of an event highlighting problems the coronavirus pandemic had exposed with the country’s food industry.
On Tuesday, Biden acknowledged he hadn’t seen the first TV interview with Tara Reade, the woman accusing him of sexual harassment and assault 27 years ago. He vehemently denies her allegations.
The Democratic Party’s apparent standard-bearer was also asked about Trump’s admission that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine, despite the Food and Drug Administration’s warning regarding its effectiveness as a treatment and preventative measure for COVID-19, including dangerous side effects.
“It’s like saying maybe if you injected Clorox in your blood, it may cure you. Come on. What is he doing? What in God’s name is he doing?” Biden said. “It is totally irresponsible.”
When pressed on whether it was hypocritical to slam the Trump administration for firing inspectors general when former President Barack Obama’s dismissed the watchdog responsible for oversight of AmeriCorps in 2009, Biden equivocated.
“I don’t recall that,” he said.
The Trump White House has faced growing scrutiny for its treatment of inspectors general, which was exacerbated when the president abruptly fired the State Department’s watchdog last week.