Former Vice President Joe Biden has blasted President Donald Trump for sharing a social media GIF that depicted him hitting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a golf ball.
On Sept. 13, Trump stirred controversy when he retweeted a doctored GIF that cut from him swinging at a golf tee to footage of an animated golf ball striking Clinton in the back as she fell over while boarding an aircraft. Critics of the social media post asserted that Trump was endorsing violence against his 2016 election opponent.
On Sept. 18, Biden took to social media to condemn the president's decision to share the GIF, The Hill reports.
"Just had the chance to see President Trump's golf swing tweet," Biden tweeted. "Enough. This has to stop. Our children are watching."
That same day, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California released a statement blasting the Trump tweet, asserting that the president was advocating for violence against Clinton.
"[Trump] continues to violently lash out at her -- at his rallies, with his words and now through social media -- in a manner that is utterly unbecoming of the president of the United States," Feinstein said, according to SFGate. "Every one of us should be be offended by the vindictive and candidly dangerous messages the president sends that demean not only Secretary Clinton, but all women. Grow up and do your job."
Former Trump campaign strategist David Urban had previously asserted that Trump’s critics were taking the tweet too seriously.
"I'm not going to judge what's appropriate or inappropriate of the president," Urban told CNN. "Retweets don't equal endorsements."
Biden has previously criticized Trump's social media habits. On Jan. 5, the then-vice president stated during an interview that Trump's tweets were immature and unbecoming of the Oval Office.
"Grow up, Donald," Biden told "PBS Newshour." "Time to be an adult. You're president. You've got to do something. Show us what you have."
On July 1, Trump took to Twitter to defend his controversial social media missives.
"My use of social media is not Presidential - it's MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL," the president tweeted.
On June 7, a Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 69 percent of registered voters said that Trump used Twitter too often and that 59 percent believed the president's tweets were harmful. Furthermore, 51 percent of respondents said that Trump's tweets undermined national security, 53 percent believed they were damaging U.S. standing on the world stage and 57 percent said the missives were negatively impacting Trump's presidency, Politico reports.
Sources: CNN, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, The Hill, PBS Newshour, Politico, SFGate / Featured Image: U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine/Flickr / Embedded Images: U.S. Embassy Kyiv Ukraine/Flickr, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr