“Let me be clear: We can’t leave this moment and once again turn away and do nothing. We need justice. We need action. We need reform,” Biden wrote on Twitter.
Trump Jr. pointed to Biden’s career in politics and questioned what he was doing while in office all those years.
“It makes me wonder why you didn’t do any of these things in the first 50 years of your Washington DC career… Give me a break!!!” Trump Jr. responded.
The exchange comes as protests have continued throughout the U.S. following the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25.
Trump Jr. suggested that Biden’s statement on the need for reform didn’t relate to his actions representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009, or when he served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.
Donald Trump Jr. waves at campaign rally before President Donald Trump appears Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Biden supported a 1994 crime bill that many critics and fellow Democrats blame for high levels of incarceration among African-Americans.
Floyd was taken to a cemetery for burial Tuesday in his hometown of Houston, with his death inspiring worldwide demonstrations calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. It appears to have already ignited change within some schools and police departments throughout the U.S.
President Trump, Biden, and some Democrats have pushed back against calls “defund the police.” Instead, the former vice president suggested the “urgent need for reform,” on Monday.
“No, I don’t support defunding the police. I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency and honorableness,” he said during an interview with CBS.
Biden directly addressed Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, in an emotional video message played Tuesday at the funeral for the 46-year old black man who died two weeks ago.
“Little Gianna, as I said to you when I saw you yesterday, you are so brave,” said Biden. “Daddy is looking down at you, and he is so proud of you. I know you miss that bear hug that only he could give, the pure joy of riding on his shoulders so you could touch the sky.”
Fox News’ Dom Calicchio and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report