Trump Responds to Democratic Debate: 'The People I Saw on Stage Last Night...'

By Susan Jones | July 31, 2019 | 10:42 AM EDT

Donald Trump talks to journalists after returning to the White House July 30, 2019. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump was a main topic at the CNN-hosted Democrat debate Tuesday night, as many candidates harshly criticized him as a "racist," a "bigot," a "pathological liar," and so on.

On Wednesday morning, Trump returned the favor, tweeting:

"If I hadn’t won the 2016 Election, we would be in a Great Recession/Depression right now. The people I saw on stage last night, & you can add in Sleepy Joe, Harris, & the rest, will lead us into an economic sinkhole the likes of which we have never seen before. With me, only up!"

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was one of the few candidates to lay out a strategy to defeat Trump in 2020:

"I think we've got to focus on where Donald Trump is failing," Hickenlooper said.

"Donald Trump is malpractice personified -- we've got to point that out. Why is it soybean farmers in Iowa need 10 good years to get back to where they were 2 years ago? Where's the small manufacturing jobs that are supposed to come back?

"Why are we lurching from one international crisis to another? All things that he promised American voters, we've got to focus on that -- and the economy, and jobs, and training, so that we can promise a future for America that everybody wants to invest in."

Sen. Bernie Sanders said it's enough to "expose" Trump as a "fraud and a phony."

"Well, the truth is that every credible poll that I have seen has me beating Donald Trump -- including the battleground states of Michigan, where I won the Democratic primary -- Wisconsin where I won the Democratic primary, and Pennsylvania.

"And the reason we are going to defeat Trump, and beat him badly is that he is a fraud and a phony and we're going to expose him for what he is. The American people want to have a minimum wage which is a living wage, $15 an hour. I've helped lead that effort.

"The American people want to pay reasonable prices for prescription drugs, not the highest prices in the world -- I've helped lead the effort for that as well," Sanders said.

On Tuesday morning, President Trump said he expects former Vice President Joe Biden to emerge as the Democrat presidential nominee. Biden has his moment in the spotlight at tonight's CNN-hosted debate where the other ten candidates will appear.

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