Buoyed by his newfound campaign success, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden says he can “hardly wait to debate” President Donald Trump.
The former vice president took a shot at Trump during a “Today” show interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Thursday, claiming the president does not want to face off against him because he knows “I will beat him.”
“I can hardly wait to debate him,” @JoeBiden says about President Trump.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 5, 2020
Biden’s cocky assurance was on display as soon as Guthrie asked if he would have believed his primary successes were even possible a week ago, declaring he was “certain” he would win the states that he did.
Guthrie brought up Trump’s recent remarks “weighing in on behalf of [Sen.] Bernie Sanders” that the Democrats have “rigged” the system against the Vermont lawmaker. Biden found the comment extremely humorous, laughing as Guthrie read the president’s words.
“Wonder why he’s saying that?” he joked.
“I think the one thing the president doesn’t want to do from the very beginning is face me because I will beat him, period. Period,” Biden declared.
“He has done everything in his power — he’s even risked his presidency because he doesn’t want to face me. It’s simple,” he added. “The president does not want me to be the nominee. For good reason, I suppose.”
He laughed again at the prospect of more investigations into his past dealings with Ukraine and his son Hunter Biden’s high-paying job at Burisma while his father was in office.
“Donald Trump has pummeled the middle class, has embraced dictators, and poked his thumb in the eye of our allies. Donald Trump is a disaster,” Biden told Guthrie. “He knows it, and he knows I’m going to be able to point it out. I can hardly, hardly wait to debate him.”
Biden is already at work getting the Hollywood elite to open their wallets in support of his campaign, with many eagerly welcoming the Democrat who they hope will finally end their nightmare of a Trump presidency.
Basking in his Super Tuesday glory, Biden soon forgot the regular people who gave him the primary victories and headed to Los Angeles to rub elbows with the liberal glitterati in a fundraising event where tickets ranged from $1,000 to $2,800 each, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Folks, you all know as well as I do, this is the most important election you ever voted in, not because of Joe Biden, and I mean that. I’m not talking about me,” he reportedly said to over 300 attendees who had gathered at former Paramount boss Sherry Lansing’s Bel Air home, including actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Tom Rothman, and former California Governor Gray Davis.
“It’s because if we find someone who can defeat Trump and reestablish some regular order in this country and some decency and honor, your kids and grandkids will read about this period of our history as a historical aberration,” he added.
“If he’s elected to four more years, I promise you we will see this society change in a fundamental way for at least a generation or two,” Biden told the supporters.
Democrats may hope that Biden’s confidence in taking on Trump in a face-to-face debate or in a war of words on social media, but plenty are not buying what the 77-year-old politician is selling.
Before Biden’s campaign was resurrected, an op-ed in the Washington Examiner predicted that a debate battle between Trump and Biden “will only spell doom for the Democrats.”
Kimberley Ross contended that “Biden’s sometimes-vacant behavior on stage simply can’t compete with the president’s caustic qualities.”
“In 2020, Trump roams around as a winner even before any final votes are cast. And in the debates, it isn’t Trump who will have to prove himself, it’s his Democratic opponent,” Ross wrote.
The president’s son, Eric Trump, seemed to agree earlier this week in an interview with Fox News.
“My father would destroy that guy on the debate stage,” Trump told “Fox & Friends,” pointing out the many gaffes made by Biden while speaking on the campaign trail.
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