Trump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report

Trump thinks he could easily beat Sanders in 2020 match-up: report
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President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE has been saying that he could easily defeat Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment Sanders selling sweatshirts with his famous inauguration pose for charity MORE (I-Vt.) if he challenged him in 2020, Politico reported Monday.

Trump has been speculating with aides and other Republicans about which Democrat will run against him for the presidency, but has dismissed Sanders as a viable candidate.


The president has said that Sanders, 76, won’t have the energy for a second presidential bid, but that he could easily beat the Vermont independent if he decides to run again. Trump will be 74 at the time of the election.

Allies say Trump should be more concerned about a bid from Oprah Winfrey or former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE, 75.

“What we can’t let voters do is think they can get the same policies with someone they like better, like Joe Biden — someone who would fight for them but who doesn’t have the crass edge,” one former White House staffer told Politico. “I hope CNN has [New York Sen.] Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDemocrats torn on impeachment trial timing OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: 12 removed from National Guard inauguration security | Austin backs lifting transgender ban Biden Pentagon pick supports lifting transgender military ban MORE [D] on every minute of every day. Love it. Bring it. She's easy to destroy. If you're the president, or the [Republican National Committee], you're more worried about someone who looks like Biden — someone who has more mainstream appeal, who blue-collar workers could identity with.”

Trump has reportedly said that Sanders would run against him “even if he’s in a wheelchair.”

Sanders ran as a Democrat in 2016 but lost the party’s nomination to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Texas Supreme Court rejects Alex Jones request to toss lawsuits from Sandy Hook parents Paris Agreement: Biden's chance to restore international standing MORE.

However, after Clinton’s surprise loss to Trump, some Democrats wondered whether Sanders could have defeated Trump instead.

Trump’s campaign pollster is among those that said Sanders would have beat Trump in a general election.

Sanders is discussing whether or not to run again in 2020.

Winfrey, 63, has been the subject of presidential speculation following a passionate speech she gave at the Golden Globes on the subject of sexual misconduct.

“Oprah would be a problem: she’d be their best,” one GOP strategist said. "She’s ubiquitous, she’s black, she has crossover appeal and she probably clears a lot of the field out.”