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Donald Trump crows after Joe Biden bows out: "I would rather run against Hillary" anyway

The Donald couldn't exactly make up his mind on a Biden run before but now says the VP "made correct decision"

Sophia Tesfaye
October 21, 2015 10:38PM (UTC)

Donald Trump was quick to congratulate Vice President Joe Biden after he announced from the White House Rose Garden today that he will not enter the 2016 presidential race, writing on Twitter that the VP and his family had made the correct decision and comically suggesting that he'd rather run against Hillary Clinton in any event:

But back in August, Trump actually predicted he'd be running against Vice President Biden in the general election, saying that the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state disqualified her from the presidency.


“It just looks like Hillary is going to not be able to run," he told the conservative

What she’s done is ten times worse than what General Petraeus did—far more sensitive documents, top-of-the-line sensitive documents, far more of them. What she did is ten times worse. It destroyed him, so I don’t see how she’s going to possibly be able to run. It’s pretty conclusive right now, too.

Then this week, Trump appeared to walk back his pronouncement, telling Boston Herald Radio that he couldn't envision a plausible Biden run and drastically changing his tune on the damaging impact of Clinton's use of personal emails:

I personally can’t see why he would cause I don’t think he’s going to win and he’s got a legacy. He can go out now, he can go out on a high, but look, he’s somebody who’s been in campaigns but don’t forget he’s done it two or three times before and he’s failed very badly, he’s done very poorly. I think she’s got too much of a head start on him. The email thing, I believe she’s being totally protected on the emails by the Democrats. If she were a Republican she would have been in jail about two years ago — when it first came out or a year ago. But she’s being protected by the Democrats.

In any event, Trump has spoken -- for now.


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Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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