The former vice president lobbed his barb at Trump on the president’s home territory – Twitter – on Sunday, seemingly motivated by Trump’s tendency to pin disparaging nicknames on his opponents (‘Shifty Schiff’, anyone?).
In one year, we will give Trump a nickname of his own: Former President Donald Trump.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 3, 2019
But it didn’t land with the finality he might have expected. Twitter questioned his math, reminding him the next president doesn’t technically take office until 2021…
…as well as his sanity…
The way he's behaving right now by next summer he may not even remember he ran this year. Sad.— Sid Sycamore (@sid_sycamore) November 3, 2019
…and wondered how, exactly, ‘former president’ was supposed to be an insult, considering Biden touts his service under ‘former president’ Barack Obama at every campaign event.
Also, if "former president" is an insult, does this mean Joe hates Obama now?— random thoughts (@musings_n) November 3, 2019
"This is neither a nickname nor whatever you imagine a clever burn is,” one personb observed.
Others played along, figuring there were worse alternate universes for Biden to live in than the one where his cutting wit was sufficient to fell presidents.
“What a devastating own, I will now blindly support Joe Biden,” another snarked.
Biden knows how nicknames can sting, having been dubbed both ‘Sleepy Joe’ and ‘Creepy Joe’ by Trump and his supporters, respectively. But if his supporters were expecting a ‘Corn Pop’-style septuagenarian beatdown from the perennial candidate, they were sorely disappointed.