Trump predicts Biden will be Democratic nominee: 'He'll limp across the line'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE on Tuesday predicted that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election MORE would win the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, allowing the pair to face off in the general election.

“I think right now, it will be ‘Sleepy Joe,’” Trump told reporters, invoking a mocking nickname he has used for the former vice president. “I feel he’ll limp across the line.”

“So, what I think doesn’t mean anything, but I know the other people, I know him. I think he’s off his game by a lot, but personally, I think it’s going to be ‘Sleepy Joe,’” he added.

Trump also indicated that he would be watching this week’s Democratic debates in Detroit, where Biden and 19 other candidates will face off in the second round of primary debates.


Last month, Trump also said he would watch the first set of debates while traveling to Japan for the Group of 20 summit, despite calling it a “very unexacting group of people.”

"Everyone said I'll be tweeting. I’ll actually be in a plane, and it just seems very boring, but I’m going to watch it because I have to," Trump said.

Polls have shown Biden with a lead heading into the debates Tuesday and Wednesday night after his lead narrowed following a damaging performance in the first Democratic debate when he clashed with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThere's still time to put Kamala Harris front and center Hillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pollsters stir debate over Trump numbers MORE (D-Calif.).

Trump has made predictions about the Democratic field before, tweeting in April that the crowded primary field would narrow to “Crazy Bernie SandersBernie SandersTlaib, Ocasio-Cortez offer bill to create national public banking system Cutting defense spending by 10 percent would debilitate America's military The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy MORE vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)!”

“I look forward to facing whoever it may be,” he wrote. “May God Rest Their Soul!”