President Trump is giving his likely opponent in the 2020 presidential general election, Joe Biden, some unsolicited advice on who he should choose to be his vice-presidential candidate.
Trump, who often pokes fun of his rivals, said the presumptive Democratic nominee should choose failed 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to join him on the ballot.
“I think Elizabeth Warren is responsible for Joe Biden’s win because she didn’t drop out and [Vermont Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] would have won every single state on Super Tuesday,” Trump said to the New York Post. He has previously claimed Warren and Sanders were competing for the same progressive vote within the Democratic Party.
“I think he should pick Elizabeth Warren because Elizabeth Warren, more than any other person, including [South Carolina Rep.] Jim Clyburn and including anybody you can name, is responsible for the win of Joe Biden,” he added, a reference to Clyburn’s endorsement of Biden in February.
Trump then suggested Biden’s choice in a VP could be moot as he speculated Biden may not end up being the Democratic presidential nominee after all.
“If he’s gonna win — and I don’t know that he makes it to the starting gate — but if he does make it to the starting gate, [Warren is] responsible,” he said.
“She was responsible for his win, so therefore I think he owes an obligation to pick Pocahontas,” the president added, echoing a name he regularly uses for Warren.
The New York Post reports Biden has yet to make a decision on a vice-presidential candidate, but several prospective candidates are openly campaigning for the position:
No one is campaigning more blatantly than Stacey Abrams, but Trump dismissed her efforts, saying he was largely responsible for her defeat in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.
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“If you look at Stacey Abrams, I was the one that went to Georgia and fought Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama,” he said, referring to Abrams’ star endorsements.
“[Gov. Brian] Kemp wasn’t given a chance. Kemp wasn’t given a chance to win and he won,” the president continued.
“They were there all the time campaigning for Stacey Abrams, their new great star. That didn’t work out too well,” he said.
But, according to the report, Biden insiders are not considering Abrams for the prestigious position. The unidentified person within the Biden camp told The Post: “No one takes Stacey seriously.”
“And her public campaigning for the job seems more like a hostage negotiation than an actual attempt to get the job,” the insider added.