Gene J. Puskar
FILE - In this March 6, 2018 file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a rally in support of Conor Lamb, the Democratic candidate for the March 13 special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District in Collier, Pa. Biden says he would “beat the hell” out of President Donald Trump in high school if Trump disrespected women. He spoke Tuesday at an anti-sexual assault rally at the University of Miami. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

WASHINGTON — Imagine: A pay-per-view steel-cage fight featuring Donald "Kick His A--" Trump versus Joe "Beat the Hell Out of Him" Biden. Price to tune in? Enough to eliminate the government's deficit.

The Republican president and the former Democratic vice president are trading fighting words over who'd come out on top in a hypothetical matchup.

Trump, reacting to taunts Biden made earlier in the week, tweeted Thursday: "Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. 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!"

At a University of Miami rally against sexual assault on Tuesday, Biden cited lewd comments that candidate Trump made in a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape about grabbing women without their permission.

"If we were in high school, I'd take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him," Biden said. He also said any man who disrespected women was "usually the fattest, ugliest SOB in the room."

Biden, 75, made similar comments in the closing days of the 2016 campaign. He has kept open the possibility of a 2020 bid for president and is gearing up to play a big role campaigning for Democrats running in this year's midterm elections.

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Trump, 71, dismissed the prospect of a Biden run recently at the annual Gridiron Dinner with Washington journalists, calling him "Sleepy Joe" and saying he could "kick his ass." Trump also attacked Biden on Twitter in 2016, calling him "Our not very bright Vice President."

Biden refrained from re-upping his taunts in an appearance Thursday in Washington, just blocks from the White House. He stuck to the promised subject of protecting U.S. workers in the age of globalization during a speech at the Newseum.