President Trump Weighs in on Biden, Sanders Debate Performance: ‘It Was Not a Good Day’

June 28, 2019 Updated: June 28, 2019

President Donald Trump took to social media to weigh in on the performances of Democratic frontrunners Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders during the second night of the first Democratic presidential primary debate.

“I am in Japan at the G-20, representing our Country well, but I heard it was not a good day for Sleepy Joe or Crazy Bernie. One is exhausted, the other is nuts – so what’s the big deal?” Trump said on Twitter on June 28.

Trump, who is currently in Osaka, Japan, for the G20 summit, said he had tuned in on portions of the second night of the Democratic debate before a bilateral meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.

The debate was held on June 26 and 27 in Miami, Florida, and was the first of 12 Democratic primary debates scheduled for the 2020 presidential election.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) looks on during the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida, on June 27, 2019. A field of 20 Democratic presidential candidates was split into two groups of 10 for the first debate of the 2020 election, taking place over two nights at Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, and Telemundo. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

During the meeting with the Brazilian leader, Trump said he wasn’t impressed by the Democratic party as they had become “the socialist party.”

“I heard there’s a rumor the Democrats are going to change the name of the party from the “Democrat Party” to the “Socialist Party,” Trump said.

In another post, Trump criticized the Democratic candidates for saying that their government healthcare plans would cover illegal aliens.

“All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited healthcare. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!” Trump said in a tweet on June 27, during the debate.

In another question, the candidates were asked whether—if elected—if they would decriminalize illegal border crossings. All but one candidate raised their hands. The candidates’ nearly uniform responses to the two questions is an indication of where the Democratic party now stands on the issue of immigration.

Meanwhile, Sanders took the opportunity during the debate to offer his idea for the Supreme Court, which was met with criticism from people on social media. Sanders said he could rotate the high court justices and replace them with others that would align with his own values.

“I do not believe in packing the court,” Sanders during the debate.

“We’ve got a terrible 5-4 majority conservative court right now. But I do believe constitutionally we have the power to rotate judges to other courts and that brings in new blood into the Supreme Court and a majority, I hope, that will understand that a woman has a right to control her own body and that corporations cannot run the United States of America.”

Sanders was likely referring to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion and the 2010 Citizen’s United v. FEC decision, which found the federal government could not restrict corporations, associations, and labor unions from spending money on political ads.

Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami, Florida, on June 27, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

After the debate, Kayleigh McEnany, the National Press Secretary for the Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, commented on the progressive agendas of all the candidates.

“All of the Democrats tripped over each other in a race to see who could stand out as the most leftist candidate, threatening government control of every aspect of people’s lives,” McEnany said the statement.

“We are many months away from seeing who the Democrat nominee will be, but one thing is clear—President Donald Trump will be the hands-down victor after each and every Democrat debate.”

This is not the first time Trump has commented on the Democratic frontrunners performance during their campaign trail. In an interview with Telemundo, Trump said both candidates looked worn out.

“Bernie, Bernie looks like he’s had it,” Trump said of the 76-year-old. “Bernie looks crazy, but he always did. But he looks like a tired crazy right now.”

Biden “looks like he’s just exhausted,” he added.

“I don’t know what happened to him but he is exhausted and he doesn’t do any work, he’s not working,” Trump added. “One thing I found out about this job, to do it right, and I’ve done it right—you have to work hard.”

Biden holds a clear lead over the rest of the Democratic field based on an average of polls maintained by Real Clear Politics. Meanwhile, Sanders is trailing behind in second with half the support.

Ivan Pentchoukov and Emel Akan contributed to this report.

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