Trump Fires Off 60, Mostly Anti-Biden, Retweets in an Hour

Posted May 02, 2019

Two polls released a day after Joe Biden held his first campaign rally in Pittsburgh show the former U.S. vice-president ahead of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, improving his numbers by six to 11 points.

The retweets - which totaled almost 60 by 6:30 a.m. ET - continue Trump's comparison between himself and Biden and publicly reflect his private concerns that the former vice president poses the most significant threat to his 2020 re-election prospects.

The rally came hours after the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) became the first union to make an official endorsement in the 2020 campaign, after remaining neutral in the 2016 contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

"I'll never get the support of Dues Crazy union leadership, those people who rip-off their membership with ridiculously high dues, medical and other expenses while being paid a fortune".

Meanwhile, Trump immediately began taking shots at Biden on Twitter, even though his advisors have warned him against such behavior.

"There are elements in the report, in the second phase of the report, about seven or eight things that are left undone - it was not in his purview to investigate, so he thought", Biden said of the probe. "The fact of the matter is Joe Biden getting into this race I think allows us to bring into this discussion the foreign policy that is a problem for us these days", House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Eighty percent of the Democrats surveyed in the poll said they are satisfied with the current field of 21 major candidates who have announced bids so far. Those who say they are locked in are more apt to back Biden: 50% in that group support him, 21% Sanders, 8% Warren.

In interviews after Monday's endorsement announcement, General President Harold Schaitberger explained polling the union did of some of its members.

Other than Biden, Buttigieg is the only other candidate to receive a significant boost in his numbers compared to a CNN poll conducted in March. A look through the posts shared by the troll shows that the account had been tweeting Trump-loving posts every once in a while since September 2017, but it was not until now that the president swallowed the bait and retweeted it. "We need a President who honours them and their work".

The bulk of Biden's speech was devoted to contrasting the economic bonanza for corporate America under the Trump administration, particularly from Trump's tax cut for the wealthy, to the meager results for working-class families, although he invariable referred to workers as the "middle class", as Democratic politicians have become accustomed to do over many decades in order to blur the reality of class divisions between the proletariat and the financial aristocracy.

Biden could also upset the apple cart in first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire. Pennsylvania was one of three previously reliably Democratic industrial states that Trump captured in 2016.