US President Donald Trump has declared Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential bid “history,” and slated the former vice president, Joe Biden, as election competition heats up.

“Looks like Bernie Sanders is history,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “Sleepy Joe Biden is pulling ahead and think about it, I’m only here because of Sleepy Joe and the man who took him off the 1% trash heap, President O! China wants Sleepy Joe BADLY!”

Trump’s declaration came after successive New York Times articles pilloried Sanders for a trip to the Soviet Union in 1988, undertaken when the socialist senator was mayor of Burlington, Vermont. The Times also blasted Sanders for criticizing the Reagan government’s support for right-wing regimes and groups in Latin America in the 1980s. An article published on Saturday led with a quote from Sanders stating how he “did my best to stop American foreign policy” at the time.

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However, before the Times brought Sanders’ past into the spotlight, Biden had been pulling ahead of the progressive senator in several polls. Propelled by friendly coverage in the mainstream media, Biden trumpeted a return to Hillary Clinton-style centrism, eschewing the leftward lurch of the Democratic party of late. (RT)