President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr.. criticized former vice president and top Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for Biden’s recent claim that his administration would find a cure for cancer if he gets elected.
“What was the good one last week? Remember? Joe Biden comes out, ‘Well, if you elect me president, I’m going to cure cancer.’ Wow, why the hell didn’t you do that over the last 50 years, Joe?” Trump Jr. told the crowd, prompting applause.
Trump Jr. spoke at the rally kicking off Trump’s 2020 campaign in Florida on June 18.
His dig at Biden came after he suggested that Biden had been in office for too long.
.@donaldjtrumpjr: “Joe Biden comes out. ‘Well, if you elect me president, I’m going to cure cancer.’ Wow. Why the hell didn’t you do that over the last 50 years, Joe?” #TrumpRallyOrlando pic.twitter.com/LpwvYqPAW3
— The Hill (@thehill) June 19, 2019
“I hear brilliant guys like Joe Biden. He gets up on the stump—it’s so stupid—to his group of about four people in the audience. ‘The government has failed you,'” Trump Jr. said, reported the conservative Breitbart website. “‘Government has failed you.’ I go, ‘Wait a second, Joe. I actually agree with you.’ Government has failed them.”
“The problem is, Joe, you’ve been in government for almost 50 years,” he added. “If government failed you, maybe you’re the problem, Joe Biden.”
Biden’s remark about cancer was made while campaigning in Iowa on June 11.
“I’ve worked so hard in my career, that I promise you, if I’m elected president you’re gonna see [the] single most important thing that changes America, we’re gonna cure cancer,” Biden told the crowd, reported the right-leaning Washington Examiner.
The crowd responded by applauding.
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 11, 2019
Biden was head of the Biden Cancer Initiative from the time he left office in 2017 until he recently announced his campaign for president and while in office in 2016 was head of the “Cancer Moonshot” program.
The initiative “is a response to the lack of a cohesive, comprehensive, and timely approach to cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research, and care,” the website states.
“Fueled by urgency, we stand on behalf of every patient, every family, every community having to deal with a cancer diagnosis and the complex and confusing maze they must navigate thereafter. We are an independent nonprofit organization that builds on the Cancer Moonshot’s goals and grounded on Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s firm commitment to ending cancer as we know it,” it says.
According to the White House archives, the “Cancer Moonshot” program was “a new national effort to end cancer as we know it.”
“Here’s the ultimate goal: To make a decade’s worth of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, in five years. Getting it done isn’t just going to take the best and brightest across the medical, research, and data communities—but millions of Americans owning a stake of it,” the White House said after President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union speech.
Biden had told the audience that it’s difficult to lose a family member.
“People tell a person who lost a loved one that ‘I know how you feel’ when they actually have ‘no idea how I feel,’” Biden said just before promising to cure cancer.
Biden’s son, Beau Biden, died in 2015 after battling brain cancer.
President Trump made a similar claim at the Tuesday rally.
“We will push onward with new medical frontiers,” Trump said at the rally, reported the New York Post. “We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases, including cancer and others. And we’re getting closer all the time. We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all and we’re very close.”