Last Updated Aug 7, 2019 6:50 PM EDT
Washington — With 65 weeks until the presidential election, we're getting a preview of how nasty it could get. On Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic frontrunner, directly linked President Trump to the massacre in . His speech took place just hours before , to pay his respects to the victims.
"We have a problem with this rising tide of supremacy, white supremacy in America and we have a president who encourages and emboldens it," Biden said.
In Iowa on Wednesday, Biden accused Mr. Trump of inspiringin Texas and .
"How far is it from Trump's saying this 'Is an invasion' to the shooter in El Paso declaring quote, 'This attack is a response to theof Texas?'" Biden asked. "How far is it from white supremacists and — Trump's 'very fine people' – chanting 'you will replace us' to the shooter at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh saying Jews are 'committing genocide' on his people. I don't think it's that far at all."
Biden went on to say that in both "language" and "code," the president "has fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation."
Biden, the Democratic party frontrunner, noted that white nationalist and Ku Klux Klan leaders had celebrated Mr. Trump's 2016 election.
"Our president has more in common with George Wallace than George Washington," Biden said.
As Biden spoke, the president tweeted from Air Force One, calling Biden's speech "so boring." Told later about the tweet, Biden replied, "he should get a life."
CBS News has learned Biden was "outraged and furious" by the shootings and Mr. Trump's response, and began writing his speech over the weekend. CBS News also spoke with the Trump campaign, which pointed out the president's response included.