Trump singles in on 'Sleepy Joe Biden' at campaign rally

Trump singles in on 'Sleepy Joe Biden' at campaign rally
© Getty

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE during a campaign rally Friday repeatedly singled out former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says voters should choose who nominates Supreme Court justice Trump, Biden will not shake hands at first debate due to COVID-19 Joe Biden should enact critical government reforms if he wins MORE as he continues to rail against one of his top political rivals.

The former vice president, who has emerged as a frontrunner in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary field, is a favorite foil of the president, who often hits Biden on his age despite the fact that the Democrat is just three years older than him.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We’ve now named him, very slow ‘Sleepy Joe.’ He’s gotten slower and slower," Trump said to cheers from the crowd in Mississippi. "I’m afraid if he gets the nomination he’ll be so slow we’ll have the lowest-rated debates in history."

“I don’t think Sleepy Joe will get it,” he added, referring to the Democratic 2020 nomination. 

Biden has emerged as a particularly popular target for Trump in recent days as the president seeks to defend himself against the House’s impeachment investigation over his dealings with Ukraine.

While the House investigates claims that Trump tied $400 million in aid to Ukraine in exchange for Kiev announcing an investigation into Biden and his son’s business dealings in the country, the president has turned to repeatedly floating unsupported claims that Biden abused his power as vice president to help his son.

“You know in a certain way, I was impressed because I didn’t think he had the energy, the brain power,” Trump said.

Some observers have hinted that Trump’s repeated bashing of Biden could indicate a concern from the his campaign that the former vice president could pose a serious challenge next year, particularly among white working class workers who traditionally vote Democrat but backed Trump in 2016.

While polls show a competitive race in the Democratic primary contest, several national and swing state surveys show Biden besting the president in a hypothetical 2020 matchup.