Now comes the spectacle of a president and a former vice president talking about physical violence against each other.
Responding to what he called a threat from ex-veep Joe Biden, President Trump tweeted Thursday that Biden is only trying to act like a tough guy.
"Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault," Trump said. "He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!"
Biden, who is considering a run for the presidency against Trump in 2020, was discussing the problem of sexual assault Wednesday when he cited the infamous 2005 tape of Trump talking about how he grabbed women.
"If we were in high school, I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him," Biden said to loud cheers from an audience in Miami.
Biden, selected by Barack Obama for the running mate slot in 2008, had made the same remark back in 2016, just after the release of the Trump tape and ahead of the election against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
For good measure on Wednesday, Biden also pushed back on Trumps assertion that his comments about grabbing women was just locker room talk.
"Ive been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life," Biden said. "Im a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy who talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room."
It’s a good thing we have Republican control of Congress or the Democrats might bust the budget caps, fund planned parenthood and Obamacare, and sneak gun control without due process into an Omni...wait, what?— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 21, 2018
Paul caused a brief government shutdown last month when he opposed a sweeping budget agreement earlier this year. Its not clear yet if Paul will try to filibuster this spending bill as well.
Congressional leaders in both parties touted the spending bill as a strong compromise that would fund the nations most urgent priorities.
“Today marks the beginning of a new era for the United States military," said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. "This critical legislation begins to reverse the damage of the last decade and allows us to create a 21st-century fighting force."
“Every bill takes compromise, and there was plenty here," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "At the end of the day we Democrats feel very good because so many of our priorities for the middle class were included."
Overall, the new agreement would allocate $1.3 trillion to fund domestic and military programs through Sept. 30, the end of this fiscal year.