Trump criticizes 2020 Democratic candidates

Trump criticizes 2020 Democratic candidates
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President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE on Thursday dismissed the threats posed by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFord to bolster electric vehicle production in multi-billion dollar push Protesters demonstrate outside Manchin's houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package Alabama eyes using pandemic relief funds on prison system MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNavarro rips 'dimwit' Trump Jr. on 'The View' for COVID-19 and obesity tweet Do progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Biden, Harris push big lie about Border Patrol MORE (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeAnti-Trump Republicans on the line in 2022 too Matthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' Anti-Greg Abbott TV ad pulled minutes before college football game: Lincoln Project MORE (D-Texas) and others as they seek the Democratic nomination to challenge him in 2020.

Trump called Sean Hannity's show on Fox News, where the two men engaged in a roughly 45-minute conversation railing against the president's detractors and floating allegations about improper behavior by federal law enforcement.

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At the conclusion of the discussion, Hannity asked Trump to respond to the names of a handful of Democratic candidates with a couple words that came to mind.

Trump shared a rare public critique of Harris, telling Hannity that "she's got a little bit of a nasty wit, but that might be it."

Of Biden, he said he's landed on the derisive nickname "Sleepy Joe," suggesting that the former vice president lacks the energy to handle the presidency.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE (I-Vt.), who along with Biden is polling at or near the top of most Democratic primary polls, has "a lot of energy," Trump said.

"But he’s got misguided energy, and he’s done very poorly in terms of the Senate," Trump said.

Trump cast doubt on the chances of O'Rourke's candidacy, calling it a "fluke" and arguing the former Texas congressman is "fading very fast."

"And Mayor Pete is not going to make it," Trump said of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? DOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda MORE, who has surged in recent polling. "I’m rooting for him, but he’s not going to make it."

The president has publicly expressed confidence about his abilities to defeat any candidate that emerges from a field of roughly 20 candidates vying for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

Recent polling of hypothetical 2020 matchups have shown Biden and Sanders leading or running neck-and-neck with Trump.