President Trump sent an encouraging tweet regarding Bernie Sanders’s recent performance after a Des Moines Register/CNN poll showed the Vermont senator was leading his opponents in Iowa, just a month away from the caucuses there.
A poll published by the Des Moines Register during the weekend made Sanders the front-runner in the Iowa caucuses with 20%, ahead of Warren at 17%, Pete Buttigieg at 16%, and Biden with 15%.
During the president’s campaign rally on Tuesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the tweet went out, “Bernie is surging, Bernie is surging,” the second time in the past week the president has tweeted about Sanders success at the polls.
“Wow! Crazy Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, looking very good against his opponents in the Do Nothing Party,” he wrote in one message. “So, what does this all mean? Stay tuned!”
Wow! Crazy Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, looking very good against his opponents in the Do Nothing Party. So what does this all mean? Stay tuned!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
Sanders replied to the president with a tweet, “it means you’re going to lose.”
It means you’re going to lose. https://t.co/CVBKoKq8DT
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 12, 2020
The president also mentioned at the rally the feud between Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), after Warren claimed Sanders had told her in a previous conversation in 2018 that he didn’t believe a woman could win the election. The president sided with Sanders, saying he found it hard to believe the senator would say such a thing.
In November, the polls showed Sanders in third spot in Iowa. By giving Sanders, a hard-line socialist a boost, the Trump administration will be hoping to secure him as an opponent in the election next November, according to Republican sources reports the Washington Examiner.
“You can see it at the rallies and in the Twitter feed,” said a recent visitor to the White House. “It’s a simple calculation. First, it is right to draw attention to crazy Bernie’s message and the damage he would do to America. But if Trump-hating supporters get excited by that and if it gives him a better chance of being the nominee, well, that’s no bad thing.”
Sanders’s leftist message on health care, redistributing wealth, and tackling climate change would be enough to frighten off uncertain voters, reported the Examiner.