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Trump destroys 2020 rivals in free-wheeling tangent at Louisana energy plant
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President Donald Trump just delivered a devastating blow to several potential 2020 challengers in a speech in Louisiana on Tuesday.
Trump mocked his potential Democratic rivals in a brief tangent during the speech, dishing out jabs at Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Beto O’Rourke and others in a characteristically free-wheeling aside. The president riffed on Biden’s age, Sanders’ “crazy” ideas and O’Rourke’s drop in the polls.
“I think we’re gonna win it big,” Trump said. “I’m looking at the competition. You sort of dream about competition like that.”
Trump mocks 2020 rivals
As the Democratic primary has come into focus, Trump has had plenty of thoughts to share about the circus taking shape, both on Twitter and at official events. As he generally does, Trump took some time Tuesday to go off on a tangent attacking his potential rivals in a speech at the LNG Export Facility in Hackberry, Louisiana.
Trump was officially there to talk about his energy agenda, but he spent a couple of minutes ripping his opponents to laughs from a crowd of workers. Trump started off with a jab at O’Rourke’s recent, steep decline in the polls. O’Rourke’s campaign has suffered heavily from politically incorrect comments that progressives say show him to be insensitive and “privileged.” In particular, a comment to Vanity Fair that he was “born to be in it” drew heavy criticism. O’Rourke has since apologized and shown interest in rebooting his campaign.
“Beto’s falling fast, what the hell happened?” Trump asked. “He’s trying to restart his campaign. Doesn’t work out too well, history has said that’s trouble, but he’s going to restart his campaign.”
“Remember about four weeks ago, he said: ‘I was made for this,’” Trump continued. “He was made for it. He was made to fall like a rock.”
O’Rourke has been elbowed out of his lane by South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has all but taken O’Rourke’s place in the race while soaking up the media’s approval. Trump took a swipe at Buttigieg, derisively sounding out his name as “Boot-edge-edge.” Trump has compared the Democrat to Mad Magazine caricature Alfred E. Neumann.
Turning to Sanders and Biden, Trump joked that Sanders is “crazy” but has more “energy” than Biden. Trump has joked often about Biden’s age and stamina since he entered the race, dubbing him “Sleepy Joe.”
“I don’t know what the hell happened to Biden – that doesn’t look like the guy I knew,” he said. “Bernie’s crazy, but Bernie’s got a lot more energy than Biden…energy to get rid of your jobs,” joking that “he’s got the opposite energy that you produce. Not good energy, you don’t like his energy.”
Trump also dinged Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (D-MA), saying she’s “probably out” to laughs from the crowd.
“Boy, you got some beauties here,” Trump said. “Three hundred fifty million people, and that’s the best we can do. I don’t think so. Even as Democrats, I can pick better than that.”
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Trump boasts about “sharper” brain than Biden
President Trump has long made light of his potential 2020 competitors, joking early and often that they stand no chance against him. The speech came one day after Trump joked that he doesn’t need any more “dirt” to win the election than what his opponents are already advertising about themselves.
Biden, the presumptive frontrunner, has been a chief target of Trump’s jibes. The president told reporters that he felt like a “young, vibrant man” compared to Biden as the former vice president jumped in the race last month.
Trump nemesis Joe Scarborough said Wednesday that despite Trump’s age — he is 72 — Trump looks and sounds a generation younger than Biden, who is just four years older.
“Let’s be blunt about Donald Trump,” he said, commenting on Trump’s speech the day before. “That guy can do on a campaign stage what nobody else can do.”
“He can engage the audience,” Scarborough said. “He can engage viewers, despite the hateful rhetoric, despite everything else. You can see that guy is gearing up for 2020. And yes, Democrats, he’s going to be hard to beat.”
Trump thanked Scarborough in a tweet Wednesday and joked that he has a better “brain” than Biden as well.
Thank you Joe and remember, the BRAIN is much sharper also! https://t.co/h1fG1GRQ99
Trump made headlines with three minutes of improv-political comedy. Can Biden do that?
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