President Trump on Monday reportedly attacked and insulted a number of prominent Democrats during a private lunch with television anchors hours before he was set to deliver his State of the Union, a speech in which Trump is expected to call for political unity.
The New York Times reported that Trump singled out former Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D).
He was also reportedly critical of a number of prospective 2020 challengers as well.
Trump reportedly expressed a desire to run against the former vice president, telling those at the White House lunch that Biden is “not very smart.”
“His gaffes are unbelievable,” Trump said, according to the Times. “When I say something that you might think is a gaffe, it’s on purpose; it’s not a gaffe. When Biden says something dumb, it’s because he’s dumb.”
Trump called Schumer a “nasty son of a bitch,” and said Northam “choked like a dog” at a press conference over the weekend where he refused to resign over a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page.
“The president’s going to lay out that case tonight,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News on Tuesday night. “We can either choose greatness or we can choose to continue fighting with one another.”
“Together we can break decades of political stalemate, we can bridge old divisions, heal old wounds, build new coalitions, forge new solutions and unlock the extraordinary promise of America’s future. The decision is ours to make,” Trump will say, according an excerpt from his speech.