Trump fired off a second tweet seven minutes later, implying that there was more to the story behind Obama waiting until his former vice president, Joe Biden, cleared a crowded field of Democratic White House hopefuls before endorsing him.
“WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?” the president wrote.
He later weighed in as Harris formally accepted her nomination as Biden’s running mate, making her the first Black woman and first Asian American to join a major party presidential ticket.
“I know a predator when I see one,” Harris said of the president in her nomination speech, alluding to her prosecutorial background.
Trump returned the favor by attempting to revive tensions between Harris and Biden from last year’s primary, mischaracterizing a high-profile clash over Biden’s record on race issues.
“BUT DIDN’T SHE CALL HIM A RACIST??? DIDN’T SHE SAY HE WAS INCOMPETENT???” Trump asked.
But Harris specifically noted when she interrogated Biden about busing that she did not view the former vice president as racist. She also never called Biden incompetent.
Trump’s tweets on Wednesday come as he has attempted to counterprogram the Democratic convention for much of this week, making campaign stops in three potential swing states on Monday and Tuesday while holding a coronavirus briefing earlier Wednesday during which he announced his latest effort to scrap the Iran nuclear deal.