President Trump is great at giving nicknames — maybe even better than George W. Bush (although the 43rd president nicknaming senior adviser Karl Rove "Turd Blossom" was pretty inspired).
Trump calls Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) "Pocahontas" for her false claims that's she's Native American. He calls Sen. Richard Blumenthal, the Connecticut Democrat who falsely claimed to have fought in the Vietnam War, "Da Nang Dick." Jeb Bush was, of course, "Low Energy Jeb." Then there's "Crooked Hillary," "Lyin' Leakin' James Comey," "Jeff Flakey," "Head Clown Chuck Schumer," and "Mad Maxine Waters."
On Monday, Trump added a new one to the list. On Twitter, he called Biden "another low I.Q. individual" as he mocked the former vice president for being "tongue tied" on whether he's running in 2020.
"Joe Biden got tongue tied over the weekend when he was unable to properly deliver a very simple line about his decision to run for President. Get used to it, another low I.Q. individual!" Trump tweeted.
Low I.Q. Joe. It's got a nice ring to it.
Trump was referring to a speech by Biden on Saturday, in which he made an error that made it sound like he was already running for president.
"I know I get criticized," Biden said in Delaware. "I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the —anybody who would run.” He took a pause — at one point making the sign of the cross — after making the error as people in the crowd applauded. "I didn’t mean ..." Biden said. "Of anybody who would run."
But Biden is already testing the waters, and reportedly has hired some campaign strategists in New Hampshire, the first state in the country to hold a presidential primary every four years. And the D.C. website Politico reported Sunday that Biden is telling close friends he's all but in.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) said to reporters earlier in the evening that Biden has told him that “he is all but certain he is going to run.” And addressing the dinner ahead of Biden’s remarks, Coons said he is “confident that 598 days from now, we will together be celebrating” a new commander in chief.
“Folks, I am praying for that man. And I am excited to hear from him just a few minutes from now,” Coons said. “And I am confident that’s our vice president, Joe Biden.”
Trump has already got a few other nicknames for Biden. Among them:
- Crazy Joe
- 1 Percent Biden
- Sleepy Joe
Look for more nicknames to come once Uncle Joe jumps in the race. Trump still hasn't mined the whole train thing, which seems fertile ground for a moniker.