Donald Trump derisively called Vice President Joseph R. Biden “Mr. Tough Guy” and said he’d love to meet him at “the back of the barn,” after Mr. Biden had said last week he wished they were in high school so he could take Mr. Trump “behind the gym.”
“Did you see where Biden wants to take me to the back of the barn?” Mr Trump said at a campaign event in Tallahassee, Florida, on Tuesday.
“I’d love that. I’d love that,” he said. “Mr. Tough Guy. You know, he’s Mr. Tough Guy.”
“You know when he’s Mr. Tough Guy? When he’s standing behind a microphone by himself,” he said. “He wants to bring me to the back of the barn. Ohhh. Some things in life you could really love doing.”
“And by the way, if I said that, they’d say, ‘He’s violent. How could he have done that?’ ” Mr. Trump said.
At a campaign event last week in Pennsylvania, Mr. Biden said he wished he and Mr. Trump were in high school so he could take the world-famous businessman “behind the gym.”
“The press always asks me, don’t I wish I were debating him? No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym. That’s what I wish,” Mr. Biden said.
Mr. Biden said in a new interview with MSNBC that he was trying to make a point about Mr. Trump’s so-called “locker room talk” in a recently-unearthed 2005 video in which the GOP nominee touted an ability to force himself onto women because of his celebrity status.
“I was trying to make a point,” Mr. Biden said. “I was a pretty good athlete in high school — played a little in college. People didn’t act in the locker room like he talks about. That’s not true.”
“The point I was making is he is trying to dumb down, he’s insulting everybody in the neighborhoods I come from and the people who played ball, and that was the point I was trying to make,” he said. “This is just absolutely unacceptable behavior — period.”