President Trump gave his opinions Thursday on the updated field of Democratic presidential candidates hoping to challenge him in the 2020 election.
He started with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, repeating his nickname for him: “Well, I think we’re calling him Sleepy Joe.”
“I’ve known him for a while and he’s a pretty sleepy guy. He’s not going to be able to deal with [Chinese] President Xi. I can tell you. That’s a different level of energy and, frankly, intelligence,” Mr. Trump said on Fox News’ “Hannity” show.
The president then said people wanted him to change “Sleepy” to a word that rhymes with it (possibly “creepy”) but the president said that was “too nasty.”
“He’s not going to be able to do the job,” Mr. Trump said.
Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont was up next, and the president said: “He’s got a lot of energy, but he’s got misguided energy. He’s done very poorly in terms of the Senate. He’s had very little legislation. I think he talks a lot, but doesn’t get it done.”
He then said former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s run was a “fluke” and described him as a candidate who’s “fading fast.”
“He’s fading very, very fast. He’ll probably be a thing of the past soon. He was a hot item for a little while.”
He then said Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California has “a little bit of a nasty wit, I think that’s about it,” and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg “is not going to make it.”
“I hope he would. I’m rooting for him, but he’s not going to make it.”