Trump welcomes ‘sleepy Joe’ Biden to 2020 race, says to prepare for a ‘nasty’ fight — against his own party

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President Donald Trump officially acknowledged Joe Biden’s announced 2020 campaign and welcomed the former vice president to what promises to be a “nasty” race.

Trump’s signature humor was loud and clear in his Twitter welcome to the Democrat who finally announced he is joining the busload of candidates vying for the White House in 2020.

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“Welcome to the race Sleepy Joe,” Trump tweeted Thursday shortly after Biden’s announcement. “I only hope you have the intelligence, long in doubt, to wage a successful primary campaign.”

Trump promised: “It will be nasty – you will be dealing with people who truly have some very sick & demented ideas,” referring to the rest of the 19 Democrats in the primary contest.  “But if you make it, I will see you at the Starting Gate!”

Biden kicked off his third bid for the Democratic nomination, after failing in 1988 and 2008, with a video message on Thursday.

Biden’s announcement video took a shot at Trump, slamming him for his August 2017 comments after the Charlottesville, Virginia rallies.

“He said there were ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Very fine people on both sides?” Biden said in the video. “With those words, the President of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate, and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment, I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I had seen in my life time.”

Many political pundits, Trump included, believe Biden’s biggest hurdle will be battling his own Party’s radical base:

Earlier this month, Trump had mocked former President Barack Obama’s vice president in a tweet about the reports of women describing his inappropriate behavior.

Biden declared that he “will be more mindful in the future” after the accusations but then seemed to make several jokes about touching people before announcing: “I’m not sorry for any of my intentions. I’m not sorry for anything I have ever done. I’ve never been disrespectful intentionally, to a man or a woman.”

And as the president has extended his sort-of welcome to the Democratic candidate, it seems the former president is not offering his endorsement.

“The 44th president plans to remain on the sidelines right now in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination,” Fox News reported Wednesday. “Two sources familiar with Obama’s thinking say the former president has made clear he doesn’t plan on endorsing early in the primary process — if at all. They add that Obama prefers to let the candidates make their cases directly to the voters and that former first lady Michelle Obama feels the same way.”

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