Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked if he would give Trump a nickname and said he would start with clown.
Joe Biden Calls Trump A Clown
According to the Biden press pool report as provided to PoliticusUSA:
After delivering remarks at a fundraiser in front of two dozen attendees at the private home of a Columbia, South Carolina supporter, former Vice President Joe Biden was asked whether he would give President Donald Trump a nickname as the president has the penchant of doing to others, including Biden.
“There’s so many nicknames I’m inclined to give this guy,” Biden said to laughter in the room. “You can just start with clown.”
“On every single issue and on every demeaning thing he says about other people, I have no problem responding directly. What I’m not going to do is get into what he wants me to do. He wants this to be a mud wrestling match.”
Joe Biden has already won the nickname battle with Trump
Trump has been trying to make ‘Sleepy’ Joe Biden a thing for months, and it just hasn’t happened, but Biden came right of the gate with something that perfectly captures with the majority of Americans think of Trump. Since winning the presidency, Trump’s nickname game has been in steep decline. Trump uses his silly nicknames to define his opponents and the fact that he hasn’t been able to find one for Biden is a cause for concern among his campaign.
Joe Biden knows that Trump wants an ugly campaign
If Biden wins the Democratic nomination, he will hit back against Trump, but he won’t spend his time mired in the mud and distractions that Trump creates. Joe Biden has the stature to stay above Trump’s mud while putting the president in his place. The election won’t be won or lost on nicknames, but Joe Biden has already won the nickname battle.
This isn’t 2016, and the Trump campaign is worried about Joe Biden.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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