Trump accuses Dems of using impeachment trial to hurt Sanders campaign

Source: Politico | January 17, 2020 | Caitlin Oprysko

The president is suggesting Nancy Pelosi orchestrated the timing of the trial to give Joe Biden a boost.

President Donald Trump on Friday accused Democrats of trying to sabotage Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid, echoing allegations from Sanders supporters during the 2016 primary.

“They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously,” Trump said in a pair of tweets, claiming that Democrats were using his impeachment trial beginning next week to keep Sanders off the campaign trail in the critical final weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

“They are bringing him out of so important Iowa in order that, as a Senator, he sit through the Impeachment Hoax Trial,” he continued, using derisive nicknames to accuse House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — without evidence — of orchestrating the timing of the trial to give former Vice President Joe Biden a boost. “Crazy Nancy thereby gives the strong edge to Sleepy Joe Biden, and Bernie is shut out again. Very unfair, but that’s the way the Democrats play the game. Anyway, it’s a lot of fun to watch!”

Trump’s allegations are not new — he has sporadically claimed for years that the Democratic establishment sought to undermine Sanders in 2016, as have Sanders’ own supporters — but they come as Trump has accelerated his offensive against the Vermont senator, who continues to show strength in early polling.

Earlier this week, Trump sought to play up a feud between Sanders and Warren, who are battling for progressive voters, and his campaign has begun to single Sanders out in press releases and on social media more often rather than focusing more exclusively on Biden.

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