The timing of the release of former vice president Joe Biden’s first major policy proposal couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
Just moments after Biden announced a wide-ranging education plan on Tuesday, Donald Trump launched into a petty attack on the former VP that made him sound more like a grade schooler than a commander-in-chief.
Biden’s education proposal would, among other things, boost teacher pay while helping with student loan debt, level the playing field between wealthy and low-income school districts and ban assault weapons, which are often used to carry out school shootings.
“Educators deserve a partner in the White House,” the Biden campaign said in a statement. “With President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, they’ll get two.”
More on the Biden plan via The Washington Post:
In the plan, released by Biden’s campaign Tuesday afternoon, the former vice president pledges to triple Title I funding, which goes toward school districts with a high proportion of children from low-income backgrounds.
Biden also promises to reform the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to help public school teachers pay off their student loan debt.
He calls for doubling the number of school psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses and other health professionals; ensuring federal funding for children with disabilities; and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
And he throws his support behind universal pre-kindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds.
Biden’s education proposal announcement comes after he responded forcefully to the shameful attacks Trump launched on foreign soil over the weekend.
While Biden seeks to improve the U.S. school system, Trump acts like a grade schooler
While Biden released a comprehensive plan to improve the school system in the United States, Trump sounded like he was still a school child lobbing insults on the playground.
In a tweet, the man who oversees America’s nuclear arsenal said, “I was actually sticking up for Sleepy Joe Biden while on foreign soil.” He added, “Kim Jong Un called him a ‘low IQ idiot,’ and many other things, whereas I related the quote of Chairman Kim as a much softer ‘low IQ individual.'”
I was actually sticking up for Sleepy Joe Biden while on foreign soil. Kim Jong Un called him a “low IQ idiot,” and many other things, whereas I related the quote of Chairman Kim as a much softer “low IQ individual.” Who could possibly be upset with that?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2019
This is just the latest example of the stark contrast between Trump, a man-sized child, and Biden, an experienced public servant and statesman who’s respected by American allies and feared by American adversaries.
Ultimately, Donald Trump’s schoolyard bully schtick is wearing thin on the American electorate. Episodes like the one that played out on Tuesday may have had some entertainment value two years ago, but now it’s like watching a TV show that has jumped the shark.
Voters want their president to be an adult with substantive policy solutions, not a child with a catalog of juvenile nicknames.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.