Trump criticizes Biden’s DNC acceptance speech as ‘just words’

President Trump on Thursday wasted no time weighing in on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s acceptance speech, brushing off his agenda as “just words” while Biden was still speaking.

“In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!” Trump wrote on Twitter as Biden spoke.

In his acceptance speech, Biden vowed to untie an America torn apart by crises ranging from the coronavirus pandemic and the economic upheaval it has caused to partisan divides and racial inequalities.

“Here and now I give you my word, if you entrust me with the presidency, I will draw on the best of us not the worst,” Biden declared. “I’ll be an ally of the light, not our darkness. And make no mistake, united we can and will overcome this season of darkness in America.”

The president’s campaign expanded on his tweet by dredging up Trump’s criticism that Biden’s campaign has been co-opted by the progressive wing of the Democratic party led by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, and freshmen Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York.

“By accepting his party’s nomination tonight, Joe Biden has formally become a pawn of the radical leftists,” Tim Murtaugh, Trump 2020 communications director, said in a statement. “His name is on the campaign logo, but the ideas come from the socialist extremists.”

 

The Trump campaign’s harsh attacks on Biden contrasted what was for the most part a speech by Biden that called on Americans to “come together” and drew on historical moments from President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to the Civil Rights movement represented by late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.

Biden, however, did make some pointed attacks at Trump – albeit without specifically referencing the president’s name.

“The current president has cloaked America in darkness for much too long. Too much anger. Too much fear. Too much division,” Biden said. “America is at an inflection point. A time of real peril, but of extraordinary possibilities. We can choose the path of becoming angrier, less hopeful, and more divided. A path of shadow and suspicion. Or we can choose a different path, and together, take this chance to heal, to be reborn, to unite. A path of hope and light.”

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