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So maybe Donald Trump fighting Joe Biden wouldn't be a terrible thing

A fist fight between Trump and Joe Biden might be the only thing salvageable from this presidency


Charlie May
March 22, 2018 3:01PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are now in a public feud about who would have won in a high school fist fight.

It all started when Biden said earlier this week that he would have "beat the hell out of" the president if they were in high school together, because of how the president treated women.

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In response, Trump said Biden was "crazy" and that he shouldn't "threaten people," but he also called Biden "weak, both mentally and physically" and suggested in the tweet that if they fought, Biden "would go down fast and hard, crying all the way."

"A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, 'I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it' and then said, 'I made a mistake,'" Biden told a group of college students at a rally at the University of Miami. "They asked me would I like to debate this gentleman, and I said no. I said, 'If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'" The crowd laughed and applauded the comments.

The comments were in obvious reference to the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that recorded a Trump conversation from 2005 in which he said he would grab women by their private parts. When the tape came out in October 2016, a month before the election, Trump apologized but also said that it was just "locker room talk."

"I've been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life. I'm a pretty damn good athlete," Biden said. "Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room."

It's also not the first time Biden had joked or fantasized about getting into a physical confrontation with the president. During a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, Biden said, "The press always ask me, 'Don't I wish I were debating him?' No, I wish we were in high school — I could take him behind the gym. That's what I wish."

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Trump shot back at those remarks a couple of weeks ago at the Gridiron Club Dinner and said beating up Biden would "be easy."

"You know when he [Biden] said, 'I'm going to take you behind the barn'? Oh, just trust me, I would kick his ass. He'd be easy," Trump said, according to CNN. "But, Joe, gimme a break. A guy who keeps making outrageous statements thinks he has a shot of being president?"

Needless to say, the ongoing feud is as nonsensical as it sounds, and unless the two of them settle it in the ring, it's really just lip service from two old men that clearly do not like each other.

The only potential silver lining is that the feud between Biden and Trump has escalated just a few weeks before the 34th Wrestlemania is held in New Orleans, and maybe the public could get to tune into a good old fashioned senior citizen throw-down.

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After all, Trump has been featured on the WWE before, and the wrestling entertainment company's chief executive, Vince McMahon, is a friend of the president. His wife, Linda McMahon, was Trump's choice to head up the Small Business Administration. At this point, isn't anything possible?


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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