President Trump said Thursday that if he were to fight Joe Biden, the former vice president “would go down fast and hard.”
At an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami earlier this week, Biden said that if he were in high school and heard Trump making lewd comments about women — like those captured on the infamous 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape — he would “take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.”
Trump responded on Twitter, escalating the war of words between the two septuagenarians.
“Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy,” he wrote. “Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”
Biden first expressed a desire for a fisticuffs with Trump at a rally for Hillary Clinton in October 2016, after Trump’s hot-mic comments on “Access Hollywood” were made public.
“The press always ask me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?’ No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym,” Biden said. “That’s what I wish.”
Trump responded that he would “love that.”
“Did you see where Biden wants to take me to the the back of the barn? Me. I’d love that,” the then-Republican nominee said at a rally in Tallahassee, Fla. “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.”
Trump added: “Some things in life you could really love doing.”
Despite Trump’s admonishment to Biden about threatening people, the president himself has a history of doing just that while standing behind a microphone.
At a February 2016 rally in Las Vegas, Trump said he wanted to punch a protester in the face.
“There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches — we’re not allowed to punch back anymore,” Trump said. “I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher.”
And in July 2016, Trump said he wanted to “hit a number” of speakers at the Democratic National Convention “so hard, their heads would spin” and “they’d never recover.”
“I was going to hit one guy in particular, a very little guy,” Trump said at a rally in Iowa, apparently referring to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “I was going to hit this guy so hard his head would spin; he wouldn’t know what the hell happened.”
Though Trump’s freewheeling Twitter insults have long broken presidential decorum, the Thursday morning tweet about fighting Biden was nonetheless striking.
Trump also has often railed against Democrats — including Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. — who, it’s speculated, are considering running against him in 2020.
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