In recent days, President Joe Biden has abandoned any diplomacy he had toward former President Donald Trump, replacing it with not only criticism of his predecessor but blatant insults.
Biden has taunted Trump, calling him the “defeated former president of the United States” and using his name when dubbing him a liar and coward.
At a virtual address to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives conference, Biden took aim at Trump’s patriotism, “You can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-cop. You can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-democracy. You can’t be pro-insurrection and pro-American.”
In another rare move, the following day Biden took to Twitter, stating, “Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think inciting a mob that attacks a police officer is ‘respect for the law.'”
Biden, who’s long been on the receiving end of Trump’s insults has ramped up his own, noting that his predecessor had to be “helicoptered” to Walter Reed after he got COVID, a contrast to Biden, who made the statements as he ended his isolation.
The frequency of call-outs isn’t a coincidence either; instead, it’s a part of Biden’s strategy to contrast Democrats and Republicans ahead of the midterms, using Trump as his foil.
The Jan. 6 Select Committee’s public hearings have also offered Biden the perfect backdrop to increase his attacks on Trump, providing him with evidence of Trump’s alleged wrongdoings during the Jan. 6 insurrection, and coinciding with Democrats’ hope that voters will come out to vote against the GOP because of Trump.