Trump criticizes 2020 Democratic candidates

Trump criticizes 2020 Democratic candidates
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE on Thursday dismissed the threats posed by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Democrats sense new momentum in Trump tax return fight Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie becomes first African to deliver Yale graduation speech MORE, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights Harris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers MORE (D-Calif.), former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights Opposition research requests for O'Rourke 'have completely died off': report 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 SandersIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights Harris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers 2020 Democratic presidential candidates rally in support of abortion rights 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.