Trump Insults Belie His Long-Held Fear That Biden Could Beat Him

Former Vice President Joe Biden takes off sunglasses as he delivers the annual Harvard College Class Day address, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Donald Trump, who has for months kept a hawk-eyed watch on former Vice President Joe Biden, reacted quickly to Biden’s announcement video Thursday, sneeringly welcoming “Sleepy Joe” into the race.

According to Politico, Trump’s swagger is a cover for a deeper and long-festering emotion: fear.

Trump has been fretting to aides about how to beat Biden should he make it to the general election, worried that only he has a chance to trump the President in the Rust Belt, blue collar areas that were critical to his win last time.

Trump’s allies are hanging to the notion that it will never come to that, seeing Biden as far too moderate to survive the primary.

Trump’s one-track mind was not satisfied. “But what if he does?”

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