President Trump knows that some of those same liberals in 2016 who claimed he was too old to serve in the White House are now backing Democratic frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
Both of these candidates are years older than Trump, something the president joked about to a group of reporters outside the White House.
“Well, I think that I just feel like a young man. I’m so young. I can’t believe it. I’m the youngest person. I am a young, vibrant man. I look at Joe, I don’t know about him. I don’t know. I would never say anyone’s too old but I know they’re all making me look very young, both in terms of age and I think in terms of energy. I think you people know that better than anybody,” Trump joked.
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As Twitchy reports, the president’s comment triggered former West Wing actors Josh Malina and Bradley Whitford:
Politico reports Trump’s comments followed Biden’s official 2020 presidential campaign launch. Although it was speculated for some time, Biden only formally announced his campaign earlier this week with a video.
Biden came out of the gates swiping Trump so the president is simply hitting back, Tim Murtaugh, Trump’s 2020 communications director said.
“Biden,” Murtaugh said, “came out of the gate shooting at him, so naturally the president is going to hit back.”
“The president, as everyone knows, is not shy about sharing his views on his potential opponents. Joe Biden is not the first, nor is he likely to be the last,” the communications director continued. “He will take on people by name when it strikes him. He sees targets of opportunity and takes them.”
Here’s more, from Politico:
Another Trump campaign official, however, said the president thinks Biden is vulnerable.
“Biden is an easy target, and [Trump] knows the Dem party is fractured and the energy of the party lies with its activists,” the official said. “So hitting Biden from one side, while the Dem activists pinch him from the other side, will effectively kill his campaign.”
Trump welcomed “Sleepy Joe” into the fold with a tweet Thursday that not only questioned the former vice president’s intelligence but predicted a “nasty” Democratic primary. “But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!” Trump added.
By Friday, Trump was already thinking about the finish line. “I think we beat him easily,” he said of Biden in a general election.