'He doesn't want me to be Prez': Biden mocked as old tweet suggesting Putin fears him resurfaces
'If you're wondering why—it's because I'm the only person in this field who's ever gone toe-to-toe with him,' said the tweet
Russian President Vladimir Putin just declared his decision to recognize the two breakaway parts of Ukraine as independent. Putin has decided to officially recognize the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LNR). He also talked about peacekeeping functions in certain regions where he ordered Russian troops to be deployed.
Following the announcement, a tweet by Joe Biden that dates back to 2020 has resurfaced on the internet. In the tweet, Biden mentioned that the then former vice president was going "toe-to-toe" with Putin. The tweet also claimed that Putin allegedly did not want Joe Biden to win the White House.
Joe Biden in 2019: "Putin knows that when I am president of the United States his days of tyranny and trying to intimidate the United States and those in Eastern Europe are over." pic.twitter.com/aP2S6hsO95— Dan O'Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) February 22, 2022
The tweet in question was made by Joe Biden's official Twitter account in February 2020 and read "Vladimir Putin doesn't want me to be President. He doesn't want me to be our nominee. If you're wondering why—it's because I'm the only person in this field who's ever gone toe-to-toe with him." The tweet allegedly referred to a meeting between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin that took place back in 2011.
Vladimir Putin doesn’t want me to be President. He doesn’t want me to be our nominee. If you’re wondering why — it’s because I’m the only person in this field who’s ever gone toe-to-toe with him.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 21, 2020
The tweet was not Biden's first dig at the Russian President. In 2014, Biden told interviewers from The New Yorker that Russian leader Putin 'had no soul'. Conservatives quickly took the old tweet into account and after Putin's decision was announced in Monday, Republican Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona's 5th district shared the 2020 tweet on his feed and captioned it "You were saying...?"
Sean Spicer, who served as White House Press Secretary under former President Donald Trump also shared Biden's tweet. "How's this tweet aging?" his caption to the retweet read. After Putin's major announcement was made, the tweet, although old, has attracted a significant amount of attention towards itself. Several users across Twitter have been sharing the post while expressing their criticisms of the President. Retweets of the original 2020 tweet have also witnessed various stances of people regarding the crisis in Ukraine.