Joe Biden attacks Trump for playing golf as death toll heads toward 100,000 in new ad

Trump shares sexist tweets calling Hillary Clinton a 'skank' and insulting prominent Democrats

President retweets messages attacking his former Democratic opponent as well as his current rival Joe Biden

Alex Woodward
New York
Sunday 24 May 2020 16:04

Donald Trump shared a string of sexist tweets from a failed congressional candidate calling Hillary Clinton a “skank”, suggesting that Nancy Pelosi‘s mouth be taped shut and mocking the physical appearance of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

The president shared eight posts from John K Stahl — who also has called Ms Abrams “Shamu” and the House Speaker “Super Skank” — amid a streak of messages attacking absentee ballots and promoting a discredited conspiracy theory about MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, while the nation’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic approaches 100,000.

Mr Trump also has spent a part of the Memorial Day weekend golfing at his Trump National Golf Club in Virginia.

One post attacking the former Secretary of State Clinton and vice president Biden as “Malarkey the Racist” said: ”When I see 1 of those polls that has Malarkey the Racist up 6-8 points everywhere, I’m thinking they must have called the same 1,000 people from 2016 that said HRC the Skank was up 6-8 %”

In a post with two Photoshopped images of Trump-branded face coverings and duct tape covering her mouth, Mr Stahl said: “She will be able to tongue and adjust her dentures more easily. With duct tape, she won’t be able to drink booze on the job as much.”

Mr Stahl, whose prolific Twitter amplifies right-wing tropes against Democrats, ran for a California congressional seat as a Republican in 2012 but was defeated after capturing less than 4 per cent of the vote. It's unclear how Mr Stahl landed on the president's radar.

The president also continued to push a conspiracy suggesting MSNBC host and former congressman Joe Scarborough had something to do with the 2001 death of a former intern that worked for him.

It’s unclear what set him off on Sunday to promote his latest violent theories, but the host’s Morning Joe programme promoted a special Sunday edition following The New York Times‘ front-page dedication to 1,000 obituaries of Americans who died from Covid-19-related illness.

Mr Biden also mentioned the front page, calling it a “jarring” image as his campaign unveiled its latest attack ad, noting: “The death toll is still rising ... The president is playing golf.”

The president appeared at his Sterling, Virginia course on Sunday in his golf outfit after spending Saturday on the links.

Last week, Speaker Pelosi called Mr Trump ”morbidly obese” over fears that his daily intake of hydroxychloroquine to combat coronavirus could put him at serious risk of complications, and they’ve since heightened their insults and personal attacks amid the public health crisis, while the president has doubled down on deflecting blame with allegations against his rivals.

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