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Trump claims Democratic primary 'rigged' against Sanders after Klobuchar, Buttigieg drop out

President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE asserted Monday that the Democratic primary is “rigged” against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Prominent Muslim group to boycott White House Eid celebration over stance on Israel-Gaza violence Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu again amid ramped-up strikes in Gaza MORE (I-Vt.) and speculated that candidates who had dropped out of the race had done so in exchange for positions in a Democratic presidential administration.

“I think it’s rigged against Bernie,” Trump told reporters at the White House before departing for a campaign rally in North Carolina, adding that Sanders could still “pull through” and win the nomination.

“It was rigged against me,” Trump claimed, noting that he won the election in 2016.

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Trump also suggested that candidates Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Klobuchar offers tribute to her father, who died Wednesday The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Senate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill MORE (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegInfrastructure deal imperiled by differences on financing Biden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored MORE may have dropped out of the race in exchange for administration positions, offering no evidence of the assertion, but calling it a “quid pro quo” — a nod to the charges he faced during his impeachment.

Trump’s remarks came hours after the news broke that Klobuchar would drop out of the presidential race and that she and Buttigieg — who dropped out on Sunday — would both endorse former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE on the eve of Super Tuesday.

The developments add to Biden's momentum going into the key voting day, just days after he won a decisive victory in South Carolina.

Trump has repeatedly accused the Democrats of rigging the primary against Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist who is viewed as a front-runner for the Democratic nomination after strong showings in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCongress won't end the wars, so states must Democrats say it's up to GOP to stop Trump 2024 Hillary Clinton to speak at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders summit MORE defeated Sanders during the 2016 Democratic primary and went on to lose to Trump in the general election.

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Sanders is viewed by those in Trump’s orbit as the weakest candidate who Trump may face.

The president tweeted that the Democrats were “staging a coup against Bernie” shortly before departing the White House on Monday afternoon.

Trump is traveling to Charlotte on Monday for a campaign rally on the eve of Super Tuesday.

He regularly comments on the Democratic race during his campaign appearances — often singling individuals out with nicknames — and is likely to do so on Monday night.