Trump Gives His Take on What Buttigieg Exit Means for Dem Race

|
|
Posted: Mar 02, 2020 8:30 AM
Trump Gives His Take on What Buttigieg Exit Means for Dem Race

Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Trump reacted to news of former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s departure from the Democratic presidential race, saying it marked the beginning of efforts in the party to stop the rise of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

“Pete Buttigieg is OUT,” Trump tweeted. “All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing. This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play - NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!”

Buttigieg announced his exit just days before Super Tuesday, when voters in 14 states will head to the polls.

Sanders narrowed his lead over Joe Biden after Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, which gave the former vice president a decisive win. The socialist candidate has now picked up a total of 56 delegates compared to Biden’s 48.

Trump has previously accused Democrats of trying to steal the nomination from Sanders.

"The Dems are working hard to take the prized nomination away from Bernie," he tweeted on Saturday. "Back room politics, which Bernie is not very good at. His people will not let it happen again!"

There are 1,357 delegates at stake on Tuesday.