The entrance marks Biden’s third attempt at the presidency, and though he’s been under regular criticism from the left branch of his party, the former veep seemed to get one endorsement on Thursday — Donald Trump.
In a tweet, Trump welcomed Biden to the race, calling him “Sleepy Joe” and seeming to take a shot at Biden’s intelligence before writing that the primary campaign “will be nasty.” He went on to say that Biden will be “dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas.”
Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe. I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign. It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas. But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2019
Biden and Trump have traded barbs before, perhaps most notably in 2018 when Biden declared he would “beat the hell out of” Trump if the two were in high school together.
Then, Trump shot back on Twitter, saying that Biden “would go down fast and hard.” It was probably the first time in presidential history that two septuagenarians with their eyes on the White House openly talked about beating each other up.
Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
Biden later said that he regretted the remarks.
“I shouldn’t have said what I said,” he told the “Pod Save America” podcast. “I don’t want to get down in the mosh pit with this guy.”
Trump has been talking about Biden for a while and definitely seems eager to run against the former vice president. Though Biden was one of the rumored front-runners in 2016, he didn’t seek the Oval Office that year.
Biden is leading in just about every poll that’s been conducted on the Democratic field, and that’s despite the fact that there hasn’t been a poll published since he announced his candidacy. The RealClearPolitics average puts him more than 6 percentage points ahead of the next closest Democratic candidate — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
And like most of the 2020 contenders, Biden seems eager to make this race about Trump. His fundraising messaging is already taking shots at the commander in chief, and we can probably expect more of that in the coming months.