President Donald Trump ended his Tuesday on a quiet note in front of 700 Republican donors in Iowa, speaking in calm tones after a day of slash-and-burn attacks on his most visible Democratic rival.
Instead of continuing his combative and public dressing-down of former Vice President Joe Biden as a ‘loser’ and a ‘dummy,’ descriptors he unleashed hours earlier, Trump blasted the Democratic Party – and didn’t risk giving any of its candidates free advertising.
Not even the former vice president he lambasted as ‘Sleepy Joe.’ Not even before a moneyed, enthusiastic and red-meat-hungry audience.
‘Despite our amazing success the Democrat Party has never been angrier. They’re so angry. Did you ever see people so angry? For what? For what?’ he asked.
‘These are angry people. Every day the Democrat Party is becoming more and more unhinged, and more and more extreme. They’re going crazy.’
‘Do you love it? I sort of love it,’ he said. ‘They can’t see straight. Every single day.’
President Donald Trump admitted to a crowd of Iowan Republicans on Tuesday evening that he ‘loves’ how ‘crazy’ and ‘unhinged’ the Democrats have become
While making remarks at the Republican Party of Iowa Annual Dinner, Trump back-off on attacks against Democrats after a day-full of jabs against former Vice President Mike Pence
The president’s 49-minute speech Tuesday night was a greatest-hits of Trumpdom crossed with a hit parade of GOP staple issues.
He hit illegal immigration and Iran, trade and taxes, health care and the Green New Deal, and then drew a sustained standing ovation for a brief departure on abortion.
‘Every human life is a gift from God,’ Trump said, sending his audience to their feet in a state whose rhythms are in tune with evangelical Christianity.
‘You’d better get out and vote,’ he cautioned.
In addition to Biden, the president seemed to avoid mentioning another political name – one from his own party.
Despite publicly thanking Iowa’s governor, a handful of state lawmakers and a few country political chairman for their support, U.S. Rep Steve King went unmentioned.
King was in the audience seated at a table not far from where the president entered the ballroom and took the stage.
Tuesday marked the president’s 70th political fundraiser since he took office, and his 16th this year.
The Republican Party of Iowa raised about $1 million for its 2020 war chest, money Trump’s campaign is counting on to pay for phone-bankers, door-knockers and ad buys. A party official said it was likely the largest single-event haul in its history.
Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn Tuesday that Biden has deteriorated mentally and is unfit for office
Trump made the comments after Biden’s campaign released the written speech he was going to deliver at an intimate event in Council Bluffs, Iowa Tuesday afternoon
‘He said my name so many times that people couldn’t stand it anymore,’ Trump claimed of Biden’s speech, where he mentioned the president by name 76 times
Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann roasted Democrats in a twang that moved the decibel-meter more than the president.
‘This is a clown show that we got in Iowa, folks,’ he said of the 24 declared candidates who are vying to square off for the White House.
Kaufmann called them a ‘Fidel Castro, Karl Marx fan club of Democratic nuts.’
Iowa’s six Electoral College votes weren’t difference-makers in 2016, when Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by 77. But next year could be different. And Joe Biden is so far the most likely candidate to win the political world’s most important semi-final contest.
The day was a coming-out for Trump’s political fists – and Joe Biden’s. The two men slugged it out in dueling speeches barely 100 miles apart in the critical early state of Iowa.
In Council Bluffs and West Des Moines, and at the White House hours earlier, Trump blasted the former vice president as a low-energy laggard who has become mentally unstable and obsessed with him.
While speaking to reporters on the White House South Lawn Trump called the presidential hopeful a ‘dummy’ and a ‘loser’ who is ‘weak mentally,’ a combination that’s easy to beat.
‘I like running against people that are weak mentally,’ he said before boarding Marine One. ‘I think Joe is the weakest up here.’
After arriving in the Hawkeye State, Trump continued his attacks on Biden, asserting he isn’t ‘respected’ by other world leaders.
‘He was someplace in Iowa today, and he said my name so many times that people couldn’t stand it anymore,’ Trump claimed.
In nearby Ottumwa on Tuesday morning, Biden spoke to an audience of 85 people and mentioned the president by name 76 times.
He claimed the man whose job he wants in 2021 is mentally unfit for office and called him an ‘existential threat’ to the U.S.
The president drew first blood as he left Washington, branding Biden a ‘dummy’ after the former vice president’s campaign had already released the full text of his planned speech.
‘Joe Biden thought that China was not a competitor of ours. Joe Biden is a dummy,’ he said. ‘China is a major competitor.’
‘China ate our country alive during Obama and Biden. They ate us alive,’ he continued.
Biden said at a previous event in Iowa that China ‘is not competition’ to the United States and shouldn’t be viewed as such.
At his first stop, an event in the western Iowa town of Council Bluffs, the president promoted corn-based ethanol and the renewable fuel standard while slapping at Biden.
‘America must never again be held hostage to foreign suppliers of energy, as we were under the Obama-Biden “Sleepy Joe” group,’ Trump declared.
‘Sleepy Joe. Sleepy guy.’
The former vice president hit back at Trump as he spoke to reporters later in Iowa
‘I think I’m either low IQ or slow—I don’t know what I am. Slow Joe Biden? Give me a break,’ Biden said. ‘This is like out of Alice in Wonderland.’
While in Iowa, Biden changed his tune about China, admitting that the nation’s economy is ‘in some ways’ a ‘real threat’ but claimed Trump takes the argument too far.
‘China poses real challenges to the United States. And in some ways, a real threat to the United States. But Donald Trump is only exacerbating the threat and the danger,’ he said.
As he stepped up his own assault on China, Biden claimed that Trump had backed Beijing, because he realized it was costing him support in the Rust Belt.
‘He thinks he’s being tough. Well, it’s really easy to be tough when someone else absorbs the pain,’ Biden said.
Even though Biden waited to speak until Trump was safely aboard Air Force One, the president effectively beat him to the punch.
‘Well, I heard Biden, who’s a loser – look, Joe never got more than 1 per cent except Obama took him off the trash heap and now it looks like he’s failing,’ the president said.
‘It looks like his friends from the left are going to overtake him pretty soon, but I heard, you know, his whole campaign is to hit Trump,’ he added, in a nod to Bernie Sanders’ and Elizabeth Warren’s rising poll numbers.
Trump only brought up Biden twice in his official remarks in Council Bluffs, claiming the Democrat would let other countries push America around.
‘Under the Obama administration, our politicians let other countries push us around, treat us badly, treat our country with no respect. And you see that with Biden. We would never be treated with respect, because people don’t respect him,’ he said.
Trump’s own poll numbers have been struggling compared to Biden’s in a general election scenario in critical states.
The president insisted he’d win Iowa in the general election despite internal polling that shows him losing the farming state.
The New York Times reported Monday that Trump instructed aides to deny he performed poorly in campaign surveys of swing states. A senior campaign official told DailyMail.com that staffers have never been asked to lie.
And the president denied that he’d been untruthful about his level of support.
‘I never do. My poll numbers are great. The amazing thing is all I do is get hit by this phony witch hunt,’ he told a journalist a the White House who asked if he ordered staffers to lie.
The president insisted they are ‘fake polls,’ and he’s doing just fine in states likes Iowa, Pennsylvania and Texas. He said he’d prefer to run against Biden more than anyone else in the large field of Democrats.
‘No, I would rather run against, I think, Biden than anybody. I think he’s the weakest mentally, and I like running against people that are weak mentally. I think Joe is the weakest up here. The other ones have much more energy,’ he said. ‘I don’t agree with their policies, but I think Joe is a man who would – I call him 1 percent Joe because until Obama came along he didn’t do very well. But look, look – but I don’t bring him up.’
Biden isn’t the only Democrat that Trump would lose to, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows. California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren are preferred by 49 percent of voters
Despite performing well in the latest Iowa poll, Biden dismissed the survey on Tuesday. ‘They don’t mean anything right now. This is a marathon,’ he said
A new Quinnipiac University poll supports Trump’s claim that Biden is slipping. Biden has dropped eight points nationally since he entered the race. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Warren are meanwhile on the rise and polled at 19 percent and 15 percent respectively with national Democrats.
But the national poll that published after Trump’s remarks indicated the sitting president would do worse against Biden than any other leading Democrat.
Biden polls ahead of Trump 53 – 40 percent; Sanders beats Trump 51 – 42 percent.
California Sen. Kamala Harris and Warren are preferred by 49 percent of voters in the survey. In that scenario Trump polls at 41 percent and 42 percent.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker do nearly as well, as their opponents, attracting 47 percent of voters to Trump’s 42 percent.
Biden still leads nationally, and in Iowa, where he’s attracting 24 percent of Democrats, in a new Des Moines Register survey.
Despite performing well in the polls, Biden dismissed surveys Iowa voters in his Tuesday speech.
‘They don’t mean anything right now. This is a marathon. This is a marathon, and it’s just beginning,’ he said as he finished the Ottumwa event.