Trump’s Take on Biden and Other 2020 Democrats: ‘We Are Calling Him Sleepy Joe’

Holding little back, the president spoke exclusively to Fox News

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When Sean Hannity of Fox News asked President Donald Trump — during a live phone interview on Thursday night broadcast on Fox News — what he thought about Democrat Joe Biden in terms of the 2020 presidential election, he and the Fox News audience heard the refreshingly blunt talk Americans have come to expect from this president.

“Well, I think we are calling him Sleepy Joe, because I have known him for a while and he’s a pretty sleepy guy,” replied the president.

“He’s not going to be able to deal with President Xi [of China], [that] I will tell you,” the president added. “That’s a different level of energy and, frankly, intelligence.”

“So, I thought to refer to him as Sleepy Joe, because — a lot of people wanted me to take the word ‘sleepy’ to something that rhymes with it. Does that make sense to you? And I thought it was too nasty … But he is not going to be able to do the job.”

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“What about Bernie Sanders [of Vermont]?” asked Hannity.

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“Well, he’s got a lot of energy but he’s got misguided energy,” said Trump. “And he’s done very poorly in terms of the Senate. He has had very little legislation. I think he talks a lot and doesn’t get it done.”

“Robert Francis O’Rourke [of Texas]?”

“Well, it’s a fluke. Ted Cruz did a good job. I helped him a lot in Texas. We went down and had a couple of massive rallies. And the people of Texas are incredible. They figured it all out.”

“He is fading very fast,” added Trump of Beto O’Rourke. “I think he is fading very, very fast. It looks like he’s going to be a thing of the past very soon. But he was a hot item for a little while.”

Trump then described how the “fake news” treated him regarding a rally that Trump held. “I’ll show you how dishonest the press was. I went down to El Paso. We did a tremendous rally — I guess we had 35,000 people between inside and out, at least. And he had 502 people, and the press said, ‘They both had big rallies. They both had big rallies.’ I said, wait a minute, one has close to 40,000 people, one has 500 people, and they were very much comparing them. That’s the way the media is. But then that’s why people don’t like the media.”

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Trump added, “They’ve got to straighten it up, because otherwise it’s not free press. But he is fading fast, there’s no question about it.”

“All right,” said Hannity — and then asked the president about Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

“Well, I don’t see either of them. I think she has got a little bit of a nasty wit, but that might be it. And Mayor Pete is not going to make it … I would hope he would. I hope — I’m rooting for him but he is not going to make it.”

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