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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE asserted Monday that the Democratic primary is “rigged” against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Poll: Biden leads Sanders by 22 points GE employees urge company to use laid-off workers to make ventilators 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 KlobucharHillicon Valley: FCC chief proposes 0M telehealth program | Twitter takes down posts promoting anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus| Whole Foods workers plan Tuesday strike Trump says election proposals in coronavirus stimulus bill would hurt Republican chances Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll MORE (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' 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 BidenCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden spar over coronavirus response 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 ClintonJuan Williams: Mueller, one year on Biden tops Trump by 9 points in Fox News poll With VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world 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.