Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOn The Money: Shutdown hits Day 24 | Trump touts need for wall in speech to farmers | Poll numbers sag | House Dems push stopgap bills | How the shutdown could harm the economy | TSA absences raise stakes for deal Overnight Health Care: House Dems launch major drug pricing investigation | Judge blocks Trump contraception rule rollback | Booker tries to shake doubts about pharmaceutical ties ahead of 2020 | FDA to resume high-risk food inspections Gillibrand to kickstart 2020 White House bid before weekend Iowa trip MORE's campaign manager says Sanders is "helping" Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump boasts about checking gas prices while in motorcade: 'You think Hillary Clinton would've done that?' Harry Reid on Iraq War vote: 'It tainted my heart' New Hampshire is ‘must-win’ state for Warren, says veteran political reporter MORE by staying in the Democratic presidential primary despite Clinton's huge lead.
"I would say that we are helping Hillary Clinton, as a matter of fact, assuming that she's the nominee, and I think that Hillary Clinton is helping Bernie Sanders, assuming that he's the nominee," Jeff Weaver said Tuesday morning on CNN's "New Day."
"As soon as this Democratic primary process is over, we're not going to hear any more talk about the minimum wage, we're not going to hear any more talk about making college affordable or providing healthcare to everybody," Weaver continued.
Weaver predicted that presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Freedom Caucus calls for Congress to work on shutdown through break Democrat previews Mueller questions for Trump’s AG nominee Trump inaugural committee spent ,000 on makeup for aides: report MORE and allied groups would engage in "character assassination" in the general election. He also predicted a "mudslinging contest" with Trump and argued Sanders staying in the race helped to stave off such attacks.
"As long as there's a Democratic primary process going on, people are talking about issues that are important not only to Democrats but to Americans as a whole," he said. Sanders himself has argued that he'll fight until the Democratic National Convention in late July.
Clinton has begun focusing on Trump during her stump speeches, blasting the freewheeling businessman as a "loose cannon" on foreign policy and mocking his lack of specifics on domestic issues such as creating jobs.
Weaver's remarks came on the day of Democratic primaries in Kentucky and Oregon. Clinton this week has campaigned in Kentucky, though Trump predicted Tuesday she would have "another bad day" while attempting to "close the deal" on Sanders.