Last week, during a speech in Ottumwa, Iowa, Biden said if he were elected president “you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America: We’re going to cure cancer.”
The vow has a personal meaning for the former vice president: His eldest son, Beau Biden, died from brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 46.
That didn’t matter to the president’s son, who simply saw a chance to throw red meat to Trump supporters.
“There’s something off with that guy,” Trump Jr. said. “What was the good one last week? Remember? Joe Biden comes out, ‘Well, if you elect me president, I’m going to cure cancer.’ Wow, why the hell didn’t you do that over the last 50 years, Joe?”
To be fair, curing all cancer is going to very difficult since there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to the disease.
Still, that didn’t stop the president from making the exact same promise during his own speech.
“We will push onward with new medical frontiers. We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases — including cancer and others,” Trump said. “And we’re getting closer all the time.”
Many people considered Trump Jr.’s comments to be a low blow, including Independent Maine Sen. Angus King, who is a cancer survivor.
“Why would anybody say something like that?” King told CNN on Wednesday. “I mean, I’m not usually at a loss for words. But I am on that one. That’s outrageous.”
Many Twitter users were also shocked and disgusted by the comments.
Trump just said he will cure cancer. After his son made fun of Biden for saying it. Nothing matters.— Jonathan Allen (@jonallendc) June 19, 2019
I just saw America’s leading horse’s ass, Donald Trump, Jr. addressing the Trump rally, criticizing Joe Biden for not developing a cure for cancer. Joe Biden lost his son, Beau to cancer. What a vile, contemptible dirtbag Donald Trump, Jr. is. He is pure unadulterated dirt.— Alan Steinberg (@Asteinberg613) June 19, 2019
Trump is a cancer on America & the cure is to #VoteHimOut in 2020.— Greenspaceguy (@greenspaceguy) June 19, 2019
When it comes to Presidential offspring down through history, Donald Trump Jr. well be recorded as the lowest of the lowlifes. VP Biden's son died of cancer. pic.twitter.com/hEhHJXUPA7
#DonaldTrumpJr really a cancer joke to Biden? What a low life. But doesn’t surprise me coming from a weakling like you.— Robert Grasso (@Rgrasso11) June 19, 2019
Would anybody expect anything less from @DonaldJTrumpJr? If there is a right and wrong choice, a Trump will always make a choice which is tacky and small.— Terry Berger (@MrsTLBerger) June 19, 2019
Donald Trump Jr.: Why didn't you cure cancer decades ago, Joe Biden? - CNN Video https://t.co/8C8TbgnfyG
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.