“I don’t think I’m a bully at all,” he told reporters Friday. “I just don’t like being taken advantage of by other countries, by pharmaceutical companies, by all of the people that have taken advantage of this country.”
In a CNN interview that aired earlier in the day, Biden chided Trump’s behavior, assuring voters that he’s ready to take on the president despite friendly fire from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in last week’s Democratic primary debate.
“The idea that I’d be intimidated by Donald Trump ― he’s the bully that I knew my whole life,” the 2020 hopeful told Chris Cuomo. “He’s the bully that I’ve always stood up to. He’s the bully who used to make fun when I was a kid that I stutter, and I’d smack them in the mouth.”
Biden’s answer was in response to skepticism from Cuomo over whether the candidate was ready to go head-to-head with Trump, following Harris’ public condemnation of his past opposition to federally mandated busing to integrate schools.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has also taken aim at Biden in recent days, arguing during an NBC “Meet the Press” appearance that he “can’t admit mistakes.”
“We have one destiny in this nation, and right now the vice president, to me, is not doing a good job at bringing folks together,” he said Sunday. “In fact … he’s causing a lot of frustration and even pain with his words.”
Still, Biden told Cuomo he’s prepared.
“I don’t think I’m having trouble sparring,” he said. “This is ironic. I’ve never been accused of not being able to spar. I’ve been accused of being too aggressive.”