Joe Biden Slams 'Unfit' Donald Trump Over 'Abuse of Power'— 'A Threat to the Daily Lives of Every American'

Former Vice President Joe Biden has accused Donald Trump of trying to undermine his candidacy in the 2020 election by pushing lies and "debunked conspiracy theories."

As the threat of impeachment looms over Trump, Biden claimed the defining characteristic of the current presidency has been "abuse of power." Biden lashed out at his political opponent, who is accused of urging Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

"It's clear he considers the presidency a free pass to do whatever he wants, with no accountability. He does not understand the immense responsibility demanded of all those who hold the office of the president of the United States. He sees only the power—and how it can benefit just one person: Donald Trump," he wrote in an op-ed published by The Washington Post today.

"Every day—every few hours, seemingly—more evidence is uncovered revealing that President Trump is abusing the power of the presidency and is wholly unfit to be president," Biden added.

Biden's article, part-opinion and part-campaign pledge, comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered an impeachment inquiry over the phone communications between Trump Zelensky in July. As military aid was suspended from Ukraine, Trump asked Zelensky to help investigate Biden. The call was flagged by a whistleblower.

"In America, not even the president is above the law," Biden wrote in the op-ed. "This isn't just an academic exercise in political theory. A president who puts his self-interest ahead of the public good and the nation's security poses a threat to the daily lives of every American."

On Friday, Trump stoked the flames even further by openly calling on China to investigate Biden, who responded by describing the president on Twitter as "the definition of corruption."

The Washington Post opinion article comes as team Biden is launching a major new advertising campaign called "Unhinged" which aims to counter Trump's claims, CBS News reported.

A memo about the campaign's strategy says it will "focus on the issues that impact people's lives while simultaneously hammering Donald Trump for his unprecedented abuse of power and correcting the record on the mountain of lies Trump and his allies continue to spread about Joe Biden."

That may explain why so many of the buzz-terms in the article perfectly align with Biden's wider social media output in recent days, including the claim he will beat Trump "like a drum."

The discussion of impeachment has led to a flurry of tweets from Trump himself, who initially said he requested a foreign government's help because of an "obligation to end corruption."

"It is done all the time. This has NOTHING to do with politics or a political campaign against the Bidens. This does have to do with their corruption!" he tweeted on October 4. More recently, however, he had turned his attention, like many times in the past, towards Hillary Clinton.

So Crooked Hillary Clinton can delete and acid wash 33,000 emails AFTER getting a Subpoena from the United States Congress, but I can’t make one totally appropriate telephone call to the President of Ukraine? Witch Hunt!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2019

"So Crooked Hillary Clinton can delete and acid wash 33,000 emails AFTER getting a Subpoena from the United States Congress, but I can't make one totally appropriate telephone call to the President of Ukraine? Witch Hunt!" the president wrote online yesterday.

In an earlier update, he quipped: "Not only are the Do Nothing Democrats interfering in the 2020 Election, but they are continuing to interfere in the 2016 Election. They must be stopped!" Biden claimed yesterday Trump was scared he will be beaten in the presidential election.

In his latest newspaper opinion article, Biden issued this firm rebuke: "To Trump and those who facilitate his abuses of power, and all the special interests funding his attacks against me: Please know that I'm not going anywhere. You won't destroy me, and you won't destroy my family."

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden pauses while speaking at the SEIU Unions for All Summit on October 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Mario Tama/Getty