Vice President Joe Biden predicts that if Donald Trump were to go up against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, the former secretary of state “wins in a walk.”
During a Dec. 8 interview with Bloomberg Politics on Air Force Two, Biden discussed his opinions on the business mogul and current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The vice president was particularly critical of Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.
“I don’t know what his motive is, but I know what he’s preaching is a very, very dangerous brew for America,” Biden said.
The vice president speculated that Trump’s campaign wasn’t serious from the start, but that his strong poll numbers has emboldened the business mogul.
“Is this just a guy doing ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ for himself?” Biden said, referencing Trump’s former reality television show. “Is this just a guy who’s an entertainer? It may have started there, but, I now think … he wants to be president. But I don’t think there’s much chance of that.”
Biden then questioned the practicality of Trump’s policies, singling out the candidate’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“I believe he’s smart enough to know half of what he’s saying makes no sense,” Biden said. “Build a wall? He’s got to build a wall that’s the best wall and the highest wall? A lot of this is showmanship.”
Biden told Bloomberg Politics that Trump is doing well in the polls because his rhetoric plays into the current fearfulness in the national mood, adding “I don’t think it’s sustainable.”
Biden predicted Clinton would easily defeat Trump in a general election.
When asked if he would endorse Clinton for the Democratic nomination, the vice president said he will not pick sides during the primary.
“I’d let the party decide,” Biden said. “I would not weigh in.”
A USA Today/Suffolk poll released on Dec. 8 shows Clinton defeating Trump in a hypothetical matchup by 4 points, the former secretary of state garnering 48 percent compared to the business mogul's 44 percent of the vote. Results from the same survey shows Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as the only GOP candidate edging out Clinton in a potential contest.