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story.lead_photo.caption Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and President Donald Trump are shown in these file photos.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump lashed out at Joe Biden for wanting to "beat the hell out of him," saying Thursday that the former vice president "would go down fast and hard, crying all the way."

The Republican president tweeted: "Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn't know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don't threaten people Joe!"

Biden spoke at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami on Tuesday and cited lewd comments Trump made in a 2005 Access Hollywood tape about grabbing women without their permission.

The Democrat said, "If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him." He also said any man who disrespected women was "usually the fattest, ugliest S.O.B. in the room."

Biden, 75, made similar comments in the closing days of the 2016 campaign. He has kept open the possibility of a 2020 bid for president and is gearing up to play a big role campaigning for Democrats running in this year's midterm elections.

Trump, 71, dismissed the prospect of a Biden run recently at the annual Gridiron Dinner with Washington journalists, calling him "Sleepy Joe" and saying he could "kick his ass." Trump also attacked Biden on Twitter in 2016, calling him "Our not very bright Vice President."

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  • kt2235
    March 22, 2018 at 9:02 a.m.

    The Presidency of the United States is not a reality-tv show, and I am sick to death of seeing these episodes of Real Politicians of the USA playing out in the media. Our government is not supposed to be run like a pro-wrestling event. Forget about draining the swamp, could we please stop the bully-boy tweet attacks and bipartisan mud fights?

  • Sandieshops10
    March 22, 2018 at 9:12 a.m.

    So sad for our country that both of these politicians are demeaning themselves and out country.

  • Packman
    March 22, 2018 at 10:50 a.m.

    Yes, yes, and yes. President Trump's tweets can be childish, braggadocious, and not Presidential. As "Creepy Uncle Joe" Biden would say, big f'ing deal.
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    More often than not President Trump only says what normal Americans are thinking. As a citizen office holder with no desire whatsoever to be a career politician, our President is about as unconventional as they come and one of many reasons he kicked Hillary a$$.

  • YOUNGT104
    March 22, 2018 at 11:45 a.m.

    The Trumpster doesn't fight, he gets a Doctor's excuse...his heels may hurt

  • RBear
    March 22, 2018 at 11:56 a.m.

    No Pack, NORMAL Americans don't think like that. Now the Trump demographic ...? Unfortunate they are dragging the country down into the gutter.

  • ozena
    March 22, 2018 at 12:36 p.m.

    Or worse, dirty fightin Dems might mess up that hairdo.

  • fwiglas
    March 22, 2018 at 12:55 p.m.

    LORD SEND SPIRITUAL, EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL HEALING TO AMERICA. PLEASE.

  • RecumbentDNA
    March 22, 2018 at 1:09 p.m.

    Sell tickets to help retire the national debt? Could be a winner! I'd buy one!!

  • mozarky2
    March 22, 2018 at 1:43 p.m.

    Bathhouse Barry v. Funny Uncle Joe and Dingy Harry Reid v. President Trump in the semis!
    That would surely retire the national debt!

  • GDB58
    March 22, 2018 at 3:51 p.m.

    No balls Joe is a Pedafile...

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