Current President Donald Trump weighed in for the first time on Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. He also offered who he thinks he’s mostly likely to face in a general election.
While speaking to David Webb on SiriusXM radio, Trump speculated about the election.
He believes he’s most likely to run against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) or former Vice President Joe Biden (who hasn’t officially declared he’s running). He also said it could be ‘the mayor from Indiana’ and didn’t mention Buttigieg by name.
‘I think I’d like running against him, too,’ Trump commented about Buttigieg. ‘But it’ll be interesting to see it unfold.’
In a tweet, Trump once again stated his belief that Sanders or Biden is most likely to get the Democratic nomination next spring. He referenced them as ‘Crazy Bernie Sanders’ and ‘Sleepy Joe Biden’ in the tweet.
I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders 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. May God Rest Their Soul!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2019
‘I think I put out yesterday, it could be Bernie, and it could be Biden,’ Trump explained to Webb in the interview.
‘And I think Sleepy Joe’s going to have a hard time. He’s, you know, 1 Percent Joe. I don’t think he’s going to make it, and I don’t, I don’t know that Bernie — it may be Bernie has the most spirit over there right now.’
Buttigieg was hardly known outside of South Bend, Indiana where he’s currently mayor before declaring his candidacy for president. He has since become a rising star in the Democratic party and a candidate people are paying attention to.
Though he only officially declared his candidacy recently, he is already making an impression. In the first quarter of 2019, he raised over $7 million, more than other higher-profile candidates like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-NY) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
In a March poll, he came in third among Iowa residents. Iowa is one of two states, alongside New Hampshire, who votes first. Since 1980, only one presidential candidate from either party has won their party’s nomination without winning Iowa, New Hampshire, or both. That was Bill Clinton in 1992.
Trump’s comments also assume he will win the Republican nomination again. Only one Republican has officially declared his intention to challenge Trump for the nomination — pro-LGBTI Massachusetts politician Bill Weld.