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

President TrumpDonald TrumpFBI says California extremist may have targeted Newsom House Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Facebook to dial back political content on platform MORE on Tuesday predicted that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Science denialism in the new administration Jill Biden to offer input on helping reunite separated immigrant families: report 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 HarrisSenate Democrats reintroduce DC statehood bill Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform 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 SandersSanders says he's raised .8 million for charity after mittens meme Former Sanders press secretary: Further means-testing of COVID-19 aid 'unconscionable' Leahy expected to preside over impeachment after health scare 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!”