Donald Trump predicts his Democratic opponent (Hint: It isn't Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders)

The Donald sizes up the Democratic field

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published August 14, 2015 4:24PM (EDT)

Donald Trump                      (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)
Donald Trump (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)

Donald Trump predicts he will face Vice President Joe Biden, not Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 general election.

In a new "exclusive" interview with, the GOP frontrunner said "it's pretty conclusive right now" that the email server controversy surrounding the Democratic frontrunner will doom her candidacy, making way for Biden to enter the race and win the Democratic nomination.

“I think Hillary has got huge problems right now,” Trump said of Clinton's delayed decision to turn over the private server housed at her residence to the FBI this week. "I don’t see how she’s going to possibly be able to run. It’s pretty conclusive right now, too," Trump argued:

Is she going to make it? I hear this thing is big league. Why did she do it? You use the server? Because they’re always looking to go over the edge, whether it’s Whitewater or anything else. They always want to go over the edge. I’m just looking at it saying what the hell was she doing? You know what she was doing. She was guarding from the president seeing what she doing.

When asked if he could envision a general election match-up featuring Biden as the Democratic nominee, Trump said, “I think so.” Trump again argued that he, not Clinton, was the best candidate for American women:

They get it. I’m going to be great to women. You know, all the health issues with women which Jeb Bush has just punted on—which has been disgraceful—the women’s health issues are very important to me. I’m going to be so good on that. I say I’m going to win the women’s vote, and I’m going to win the Hispanic vote. Already you’re seeing Hispanics. That’s been amazing what’s going on.

For her part, the former secretary of state laughed off Trump's campaign as "entertainment" while defending Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly from a serious of sexist attacks by Trump earlier this week. "Yes, I know it makes great TV. I think the guy went way overboard -- offensive, outrageous, pick your adjective," Clinton said of Trump, a onetime campaign contributor during her days as a senator from New York.

Trump, who has led the Republican presidential pack for the better part of the summer, will copter into the famed Iowa State Fair today. Literally. The billionaire real-estate mogul plans to land his "Trump"-emblazoned helicopter on fairgrounds this afternoon after organizers rejected his offer to give free rides to children at the fair.

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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