Former President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will drop the “Crooked Hillary” moniker in favor of Vice President Joe Biden in an effort to recapture the zeitgeist of his successful 2016 campaign.
The 76-year-old said during the New Hampshire rally “I will be retiring the name ‘Crooked’ from Hillary Clinton. I’m gonna give her a new name. I don’t know like maybe ‘Lovely Hillary’ or ‘Beautiful Hillary,’ but I’m going to retire the name ‘Crooked’ so that we can use the name for Joe Biden — because he’ll be known from now on as ‘Crooked Joe’ Biden.”
Trump told the Manchester audience that Biden, 80, “only cares about enriching his own family” and that “you wonder why he does nothing about China — why he doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do?” He received millions of dollars from China.”
Ammar Moussa, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, argued that Trump had his own “shady” foreign business dealings.
“Donald Trump and his family used his presidency to rake in billions — with a B — from shady deals with foreign countries like China and Saudi Arabia,” Moussa said. “Donald Trump may come up with a lot of nicknames for President Biden, but we have a better one: winner.”
Trump lost to Biden in 2020 after mockingly dubbing his opponent “Sleepy Joe.” This election season, Trump has been more creative in insulting his top potential GOP opponent, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, calling him “DeSanctimonious” or “DeSanctus,” while also reportedly toying with the nicknames “Tiny D” and “Meatball Ron.”
On Thursday, Trump took aim at another potential Republican rival, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, saying, “Sloppy Chris Christie… has a big mouth, that’s all he has.”