Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was caught with his foot in his mouth on Wednesday, stating passionately at a campaign event that "poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids".
Also energizing the crowd was Mayor Pete Buttigeig of South Bend, Indiana, who accused the president of "coddling white nationalism" and mocked Trump's background in television, saying he wasn't sure if its current occupant had turned the White House into a "reality show" or a "horror show".
"We have a president who has aligned himself with the darkest forces in the nation", Biden said in Iowa.
However, in households that consider themselves prospering, irrespective of actual, verified income, voters break for Trump by substantial margins.
Trump's recent series of racist remarks toward women of color in Congress, as well as the ties between his anti-immigrant rhetoric and the deadly mass shooting in El Paso, have sparked a debate in the 2020 Democratic field over whether the president is a white supremacist.
Biden and Sanders earned the support of 50 percent of US registered voters, SurveyUSA found, while Trump lagged behind at 42-percent support.
"People are dying on the streets of this country, being killed by weapons made for the battlefield", Ryan said. "We need to beat Trump".
Rihanna called out Biden on the remark, writing on IG: "Whoa!" He rarely delves deeply into his own policy proposals.
"You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name", Trump said. Trump faced a cool reception from some politicians in both cities.
Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper noted that Trump's approval rating was about 42%, slightly lower than former presidents Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama before they won re-election. Some Democrats are moving farther faster than others.
The Iowa caucuses next February officially begin the nomination race.
"It makes him human", said Amy Christensen-Buenger, a 60-year-old from Mitchellville, Iowa, who remains undecided in the Democratic presidential contest.
Mr Biden laid some of the blame at Mr Trump's doorstep.
The former vice president, however, stopped short of saying that it was wrong of him to work with senators who were staunchly opposed to desegregation as he went on to defend his civil rights record.
But when progressive U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren championed her plan to provide "Medicare for All" and levy a tax on the nation's wealthiest, she received loud cheers.
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