“We weren’t pressing Ukraine to get rid of a tough prosecutor. We’re pursuing Ukraine to replace a weak prosecutor who wouldn’t do his job,” Biden said. “Trump on the other hand was secretly putting at risk our national security by pursuing a personal political vendetta against me because I don’t think he wants to run against me.”
Biden amplified that theme later in his speech.
“He imagines that this tactic will allow him to pick his opponent and face only the candidates he thinks he can beat,” Biden said. “Well, we’re not going to let Donald Trump choose the Democratic candidate.”
Trump has accused Biden of lying about his son’s business dealings. The former vice president last month said he had “never spoken to my son” about his work overseas, but Hunter Biden had told the New Yorker that he at one point had mentioned his Ukrainian consulting work to his father.
On Wednesday, the president tweeted a video clip of Biden making the denial before transitioning to a picture of the Bidens playing golf along with another man identified as a “Ukrainian gas exec.” The tweet also includes a snippet of the 2005 video “Photograph” by the rock group Nickelback.
To Biden, Trump’s “antics” are a distraction.
“It’s important to step back from the heated 24-hour news cycle and focus carefully on the larger story. It’s not about Donald Trump’s antics. It’s about what has brought Donald Trump, and the nation, to this sobering moment in our history — and to the choice facing us in 2020,” Biden said.
“What has brought us here is simply this: The abuse of power.”
Biden made clear the election and his candidacy was about one thing: defeating Trump.
“A lot of my opponents say we have to do more than just beat Donald Trump. I agree,” Biden said. “We have to do more than beat Donald Trump. We have to beat him like a drum.”