While both former VP Joe Biden and President Trump were in Iowa on campaign stops, the two do not mince words, hurling barbs at one another from a few miles away.
President Trump unleashed an arsenal of insults at Joe Biden on Tuesday, June 11, as the potential 2020 foes were in Iowa for a series of dueling political events, calling the former vice president “weak mentally” and claiming he hopes to run against him next year.
The President, as he departed the White House on Tuesday for the Hawkeye State, blasted Biden as a “loser” and a “dummy.” This came as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination went on a string of Iowa campaign visits where he repeatedly took swipes at Trump.
Speaking to reporters, the president dismissed Biden’s attacks.
“When a man has to mention my name 76 times in his speech, that means he’s in trouble,” Trump said. “I have to tell you, he’s a different guy. He looks different than he used to, he acts different than he used to–he’s even slower than he used to be.”
“Off the Trash Heap”
“Joe never got more than 1 percent except for when Obama took him off the trash heap,” Trump said, referring to the 2008 Democratic primary. “It looks like his friends from the left are going to overtake him pretty soon.”
Biden, though, is leading the Democratic primary field by double digits in recent national polls. Nevertheless, Trump said he hopes to run against Biden in the 2020 general election.
“I’d rather run against, I think, Biden than anybody,” Trump said. “I think he’s the weakest mentally and I like running against people who are weak mentally.”
Trump, who will be 73 on Friday, has repeatedly said he would “easily” beat Biden in 2020 and has poked fun at the former vice president’s age while giving the 76-year-old new nicknames including “Sleepy Joe” and “1 percent Joe.”
Trump’s comments came ahead of his and Biden’s visit to Iowa on Tuesday. Biden at his own event on Tuesday, criticized Trump’s record with farmers and American families.
“America’s farmers have been crushed by his tariff war with China. No one knows that better than Iowa,” Biden said. “He thinks he’s being tough. Well, it’s easy to be tough when someone else is feeling the pain.”
And Biden asked, “how many farmers across this state and across this nation have had to face the prospect of losing their business, of losing their farm because of Trump’s tariffs?”
The president directly responded to Biden’s attack on Tuesday at the White House, saying he is “the best thing that has ever happened to farmers.”
“Nobody has treated farmers better than Trump,” he said. “The farmers are my best friend.”
Trump went on to blast Biden, a former vice president and a former senator from Delaware for almost four decades, as “a dummy” over his past remarks about China not being a “competitor” for the United States.
“Joe Biden thought China was not a competitor. Biden is a dummy. Joe Biden thought China was not a competitor of ours,” Trump said, claiming that China “ate our country alive during Obama and Biden.”
It sounds like Trump is already running against Biden, and if these comments are any indication, should Biden get the nomination, it seems like it is going to be a nasty scrap between these two, one that might just end up “behind the woodshed,” as Biden once threatened!