Trump: Sanders would run for president ‘even if he’s in a wheelchair’: report

Trump: Sanders would run for president ‘even if he’s in a wheelchair’: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that it's trafficking children Stone rails against US justice system in first TV interview since Trump commuted his sentence Federal appeals court rules Trump admin can't withhold federal grants from California sanctuary cities MORE predicted that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten smog standards amid pressure from green groups | Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects| Russian mining giant reports another fuel spill in Arctic Biden lets Trump be Trump Democrats split on Trump plan to use development funds for nuclear projects MORE (I-Vt.) would run against him in 2020 even if the senator was "in a wheelchair," according to a report from The New York Times on Saturday.

Trump reportedly made the remarks over the summer during a visit from four Democratic lawmakers, whom he questioned about possible 2020 Democratic contenders.

“Who is going to run against me in 2020?” he asked, according to one attendee. “Crooked Hillary? Pocahontas?”

The president often uses those names to refer to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Wells Fargo tells employees to delete TikTok from work phones | Google, Facebook join legal challenge to ICE foreign students rule | House Republican introduces bills to bolster federal cybersecurity Biden lets Trump be Trump 4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.).

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When he predicted that Sanders would make a second presidential bid against him, Trump reportedly mimed being an old man in a wheelchair.

Trump has repeatedly used the racially charged nickname "Pocahontas" to refer to Warren, who claims Native American heritage. The president has frequently accused Warren of lying about her heritage for political gain, a charge she denies.

Last month, the president was sharply criticized by Warren and others when he used the nickname during an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers at the White House.

"You were here long before any of us were here,” Trump said at the event, surrounded by Native American veterans. “Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas.”

Warren responded to the comment on MSNBC.

"It is deeply unfortunate that the president of the United States cannot even make it through a ceremony honoring these heroes without having to throw out a racial slur," she said.