Biden says Trump needs to get ‘a lot smarter’ on COVID-19, Trump says ‘there’s nothing smart about you’

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Camille Caldera, NewsyBag
Published 10:04 p.m. ET Sept. 29, 2020

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President Trump and Joe Biden clash on the debate stage over the appointment of a new Supreme Court justice.

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Half an hour into the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump took a jab at former Vice President Joe Biden’s intelligence and accused him of forgetting the name of his alma mater in what has been a debate filled with personal attacks.

While lambasting Trump’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden said that “a lot more people are going to die unless he gets a lot smarter, a lot quicker.”

“Did you use the word smart?” Trump retorted from across the stage, claiming Biden graduated the “lowest” in his class. “Don’t ever use the word smart with me, don’t ever use that word.”

“Oh give me a break,” Biden shot back.

“There’s nothing smart about you, Joe,” Trump said. “In 47 years, you’ve done nothing.”

Trump also seized on the opportunity to further the attacks he has made on Biden’s mental fitness to serve as president.

“You said you went to Delaware State, but you forgot the name of your college,” Trump said. “You didn’t go to Delaware State.” 

Biden attended the University of Delaware. 

At a rally in 2019, Biden claimed he got his “start” at Delaware State University, a historically Black university — but he wasn’t implying he attended DSU.

Rather, Biden was referencing the support he received from the university when he announced his bid for U.S. Senate on its campus in 1972.

Nevertheless, multiple conservative media outlets this week seized on the claim that Biden had “lied” about attending the school.

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