President Donald Trump on Thursday night responded to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s acceptance speech, dismissing his agenda as “just words.”
“In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!” Trump tweeted.
Biden’s speech did not mention Trump by name, but the rebukes of the sitting president were unmistakable as he pledged to lead the nation to “overcome this season of darkness in America.”
“What we know about this president is if he’s given four more years he will be what he’s been the last four years,” Biden said. “A president who takes no responsibility, refuses to lead, blames others, cozies up to dictators, and fans the flames of hate and division. He will wake up every day believing the job is all about him. Never about you.”
The former Vice president offered an outline of his agenda that included plans for infrastructure investments that he said would lead to 5 million new manufacturing and technology jobs; plans to build on the Affordable Care Act; and plans to address inequality in terms of economic opportunities and racial injustice.
Biden’s speech was praised by pundits and Democratic officials. Even analysts on Fox News gave the address high marks. Biden’s performance undercut a narrative from Trump and his campaign that the former vice president was mentally declining and incapable of speaking at length without making a gaffe, which explains the short response from Trump.
In 47 years, Joe did none of the things of which he now speaks. He will never change, just words!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2020