Trump Claims Hillary Clinton Was a Stronger Candidate Than Joe Biden: ‘She Was Not Sleepy’

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President Donald Trump claimed that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was a stronger presidential competitor than former Vice President Joe Biden.

Although there are 23 Democrats running in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, Biden has set himself apart as the clear front runner. The former vice president has maintained a double-digit lead over his competitors in several recent polls.

Trump, of course, beat Clinton in 2016, though many argued that he won because she was a weak candidate, not because he was a strong candidate.

During an interview on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning, President Trump dismissed that claim to host Chuck Todd, noting that he won because he ran the better campaign and focused on locking down the electoral college.

Watch Trump’s comments:

“I went to Wisconsin, she forgot. I went to Michigan, she didn’t go to Michigan enough. I won Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. I won places that she didn’t do a good job. What can I tell you? No, maybe I did a great job. You know, I never get credit for that. They always say she was a lousy candidate. I actually think Hillary Clinton was a great candidate. She was very smart. She was very tough. She was ruthless and vicious.”

Todd pressed Trump on his 2020 chances, asking if he wished he would be competing against Clinton again, instead of Biden or one of the other 22 Democrats.

Trump shoot Todd down, instead claiming that Clinton was a better candidate than Biden is today.

“I would actually rather run against Biden,” Trump said. “I think that would be my preference.”

The president noted that he believes Clinton was a more energetic candidate than Biden has been thus far.

“Sleepy Joe. He’s sleepy. She was not sleepy.”

President Trump also addressed the end of his presidency, whether in 2021 or 2025. The president received backlash from many after he posted a doctored video of a Time Magazine gif that showed him staying in office forever.

Trump told Todd he was only joking about staying in office.

“I only joke. I joke and I say, watch, I will drive Chuck Todd crazy,” Trump said.

The president, however, noted that he’s not ready to end his time in the White House anytime soon. He plans to win in 2020.

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