President Donald Trump took aim at 2020 Democratic presidential primary contenders Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President “Sleepy” Joe Biden on Twitter, blasting the two primary frontrunners as Biden pulls ahead in the polls and declaring that “China wants Sleepy Joe badly!”
In a tweet published Monday morning, Trump torched Sanders as “history” in his fight to secure the Democratic nomination over Biden, whom the president slammed as being brought out of the “trash heap” by former President Barack Obama.
“Looks like Bernie Sanders is history,” Trump tweeted. “Sleepy Joe Biden is pulling ahead and think about it, I’m only here because of Sleepy Joe and the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, President O!”
Looks like Bernie Sanders is history. Sleepy Joe Biden is pulling ahead and think about it, I’m only here because of Sleepy Joe and the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, President O! China wants Sleepy Joe BADLY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2019
“China wants Sleepy Joe badly!” the president added.
The president’s tweet came the day of his campaign rally in Pennsylvania, where Biden hails from.
A RealClearPolitics averaging of polling data puts Biden squarely ahead of the self-described democratic socialist Sanders by nearly 20 points, but both of the two prominent candidates are steadily polling ahead of the others in the race.
The next-closest candidate is Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is polling at 8.5; however, she is still ten points behind Sanders.
Additionally, a Hill-HarrisX poll from earlier this month put Sanders in second at 14%, placing him well behind the former vice president by 32 points.
As IJR Red previously reported, Sanders saw a sharp drop in support from the younger generation, whose support he relied on in the 2016 Democratic primary to try and topple former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the nomination.
The poll numbers illustrate the battle for the nomination that Sanders is waging against Biden — who has styled himself as a moderate — for the 2020 nomination as he pushes more radical campaign ideas, such as “Medicare for All” and allowing felons, including “terrible people” like the Boston Marathon Bomber, to vote from prison.