Biden on Trump: 'Sleepy Joe is going to wake him up really quickly'

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPoll: Support for Sanders among college students reaches highest level since April Obama has taken active interest in Biden's campaign: report The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE jabbed at President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE in an interview that aired on Tuesday, invoking Trump's "Sleepy Joe" nickname. 

"Well, let me tell you, Sleepy Joe is going to wake him up really quickly because none of this changes as long as he's president of the United States of America," Biden said according to an excerpt from an interview with Noticias Telemundo. 

Trump, who predicted last week that Biden will be the Democratic nominee, branded the former vice president as "Sleepy Joe" earlier this year.


Biden went on to slam Trump's rhetoric on race, religion and ethnicity, saying it was not representative of the U.S. 

"This fomenting hate, this talk about how in fact there are good people and a whole — and pitting us against one another based on our race, our religion, our ethnic background. That's not America. It's not who we are," he continued.

The comments come as Trump's previous rhetoric, including on immigration, has come under fire in the wake of the El Paso, Texas, mass shooting last weekend.

The suspected gunman in the El Paso shooting allegedly wrote a racist, anti-immigrant manifesto before the attack, which described fears of a Latino “invasion."

While Trump has called for the country to "condemn bigotry, hatred and white supremacy," his critics say some of the blame for a rise in hate-driven violence lies with him.