Trump: Bernie Sanders is 'history'

President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE declared Monday that his possible 2020 opponent Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRestless progressives eye 2024 Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Five ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan MORE (I-Vt.) is “history” and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE is “pulling ahead” in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“Looks like Bernie Sanders is history. Sleepy Joe Biden is pulling ahead and think about it, I’m only here because of Sleepy Joe and the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, President O! China wants Sleepy Joe BADLY!” Trump tweeted.

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Biden leads Sanders by nearly 20 percentage points in the Democratic primary race, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average.

Trump’s message came hours before he is scheduled to headline a campaign rally in Pennsylvania, a state he won in 2016 but where Biden, who was born in Scranton, is making a strong push.

The president has repeatedly targeted the former vice president, whom his political team views as a serious contender even as he has downplayed the threat he poses in the 2020 race.