President Trump tried Tuesday to drive a larger wedge between moderate and progressive Democrats, claiming that the 2020 presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders was unfairly treated by the party.
“It seems that Bernie Sanders and that very large part of the Democratic Party – or as I call it, the Democratic Party, which is really the right name – looks like they are being exploited the way they were four years ago,” Trump said reporters before he left on a four-day west coast swing that will have him on the ground in Nevada in the run-up to the caucuses of the Democrats.
The president was asked if he had advice for presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg who is about to take part in his first democratic debate, Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
President Trump spoke with reporters before taking Air Force One to the west coast on Tuesday. He had no advice for Michael Bloomberg, who will participate in the Las Vegas debate stage on Wednesday evening
Instead, President Trump focused on Senator Bernie Sanders, suggesting that the Vermont senator and his supporters were being treated unfairly by established democrats. “It looks like they are being abused the way they were four years ago,” Trumps says
President Trump referred to the story that the Democratic National Committee gave the balance in favor of Hillary Clinton four years ago when the two ran into each other for the Democratic nomination
President Trump said that Michael Bloomberg (photo) “does not need that kind of advice” when asked about the former mayor of New York who first appeared on the stage of the Democratic discussion alongside his rivals since announcing his bid
“He doesn’t need that kind of advice,” Trump replied. “He’s been doing it for a long time,” said the president of the former mayor of New York City.
Trump then turned to Sanders, who should be considered the party’s leader for getting the most votes in Iowa, winning New Hampshire and for his strong performance in the 2016 primary campaign.
“It just seems unfair what happens to Bernie Sanders to be honest,” Trump said. “I watched it four years ago,” the president said.
In 2016, the Democratic National Committee was criticized for being too pro-Hillary Clinton during its primary race against Sanders. Sanders did not generally accept the nomination because he did not have various support, especially among black Democrats in the south.
Yet sneaking behind the scenes about Sanders and his allies by DNC officials whose emails were subsequently hacked, found the story that the party was tipping the scale for Clinton.
Trump has long complained about the way established democrats treated Sanders, although with the motive to suck some supporters of the Vermont senator away.
The president also tries to engage his supporters while the Democrats hold their primary games.
Trump held rallies in both Iowa and New Hampshire in the run-up to the caucuses and the first race of the first two states.
This week he makes Nevada – where Democrats make caucus on Saturday – his home base while doing a multi-state tour through California, Arizona and Colorado.
Trump will raise fundraising in California on Tuesday and organize a meeting in Phoenix on Wednesday evening that is in conflict with the Las Vegas debate.
Trump will be having another rally on Thursday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He will organize an afternoon rally in Las Vegas on Friday.
Trump stays the entire trip in his hotel in Las Vegas, which means that traffic is charged daily in the city, while Democrats try to campaign.
The president called his tactics “pretty effective.”
“We have received more votes than any incumbent president in history, both in Iowa and New Hampshire,” Trump told reporters outside of Air Force One.
He pointed a finger at the secret service when asked why he flies to Nevada every night. “For the most part the schedule is set by the secret service,” Trump replied. “We do what they want.”
And although the president spends several days in India early next week, he promised he would do an event in South Carolina before the Democrats vote in that state on Saturday, February 29.
“So I’m going to South Carolina, I’m working on that now, probably the day before,” he said, teasing at a Friday rally.
“Look, we have a big voice and we might as well use it,” Trump added.