President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE went after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Pressure grows to cut diplomatic red tape for Afghans left behind President Biden is making the world a more dangerous place MORE and lashed out at the Democratic presidential candidate's son Hunter Biden during his rally Thursday night.
Trump accused Biden of being a good vice president because he "understood how to kiss Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaA simple fix can bring revolutionary change to health spending US and UK see eye to eye on ending illegal wildlife trade Top nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report MORE's ass," sparking sustained cheers at the event center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Some of Trump's sharpest attack lines were directed at Biden during his sprawling two-hour remarks, with the president repeatedly asking where the younger Biden was.
”Joe’s son Hunter got thrown out of the Navy and then he became a genius on Wall Street in about two days,” Trump said while targeting the Democratic presidential candidate's son.
“Whatever happened to Hunter? Where the hell is he?” he added. “Where’s Hunter?”
“Hey fellas, I have an idea for a new T-shirt,” the president continued, turning to the audience. "Let's do another T-shirt: 'Where's Hunter?'"
Earlier in the rally, the president's son Eric TrumpEric TrumpMary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Eric Trump to speak at conference led by prominent anti-vaxxers MORE also went after Hunter Biden while overseeing a chant of "lock him up" when attacking the former vice president.
Biden, who had joined eight other candidates for an LGBT forum hosted by CNN and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Thursday night, slammed Trump later in the evening on Twitter following the rally.
"I spent my night at the HRC forum talking about the fundamental respect every human being deserves. You spent yours showing how little respect for anyone else you have. America is so much stronger than your weakness, @realDonaldTrump," Biden tweeted.
I spent my night at the HRC forum talking about the fundamental respect every human being deserves. You spent yours showing how little respect for anyone else you have. America is so much stronger than your weakness, @realDonaldTrump.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 11, 2019
President Trump in recent days has pushed unsubstantiated allegations that the Bidens acted in a corrupt manner when dealing with Ukraine, focusing on Hunter Biden's role on the board of a Ukrainian energy company that had faced scrutiny in the country.
Trump has focused on Biden's efforts as vice president in 2016 to push for Ukraine to fire a prosecutor who had looked into the company, though no evidence has emerged that Biden acted with his son's interests in mind and both Bidens have denied any wrongdoing.
House Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry into the president after revelations that Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to look into Joe Biden during a July 25 phone call.
Trump has denied wrongdoing and has since publicly encouraged Ukraine and China to probe the former vice president.
Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy Reserve in 2014 after reportedly testing positive for cocaine.
The Hill has reached out to the Biden campaign for comment on Trump's Thursday night remarks.
Updated: Oct. 11 at 12:40 a.m.