Mike Pence: I know who I’d take in a Trump-Joe Biden fight

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  • President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden keep talking about how they would fight each other.
  • Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that his money is on Trump to win that fight.

Vice President Mike Pence knows who he’d bet on to win a fight between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

He’d “be betting on” Trump, he told conservative radio host Howie Carr on Thursday.

“You know who I’d be betting on,” he said, laughing. The vice president said the back-and-forth between Biden and Trump suggesting they’d “beat the hell” out of each other is “just a little bit of trash talk going on, just got to make you chuckle in American politics today.”

But Pence added that it wasn’t “proper” for Biden to suggest physically fighting Trump.

“This president is a guy that knows how to fight, fight for our agenda, knows how to fight for all of what we’re doing to make America great again,” Pence said. “And he’s going to keep on fighting, I promise you.”

The back-and-forth between Biden and Trump has gone on for about a year and a half. The latest brouhaha began Wednesday when Biden, speaking at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami, said he would have “beat the hell” out of Trump if they went to school together.

Biden made the comment in reference to the “Access Hollywood” tape released prior to the 2016 presidential election, which showed Trump making a series of lewd and crude comments about women.

“A guy who ended up becoming our national leader said, ‘I can grab a woman anywhere and she likes it,'” Biden said. “They asked me if I’d 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.'”

“I’ve been in a lot of locker rooms my whole life,” Biden continued. “I’m a pretty damn good athlete. Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest SOB in the room.”

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‘He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way’

Trump fired back early Thursday morning, suggesting that “Crazy Joe Biden” would “go down fast and hard” in a fight against him.

“Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy,”Trump tweeted. “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, who is mulling a run for the presidency in 2020, began the back and forth late in the 2016 cycle, just after the tape was released.

“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,” he said during an October 2016 rally.

Trump was quick to respond, saying at one of his campaign rallies that he would “love” for Biden to try and fight him.

Earlier this month, Trump resurfaced the back-and-forth during a joke-filled speech to the Gridiron Club, a charitable journalistic organisation, at its annual dinner.

He made reference to “Sleepy Joe” and suggested that he would “kick his arse.”