Trump: Buttigieg dropping out is start of Dems 'taking Bernie out of play'

Trump: Buttigieg dropping out is start of Dems 'taking Bernie out of play'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE said Sunday that former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhite House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' MORE's exit from the 2020 race was a sign that the Democratic establishment was coalescing around former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSuspect in FedEx shooting used two assault rifles he bought legally: police US, China say they are 'committed' to cooperating on climate change DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is MORE in an attempt to stop Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Sirota: Biden has not fulfilled campaign promise of combating union-busting tactics Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents MORE (I-Vt.).

Trump predicted in a tweet that the majority of Buttigieg's votes in Super Tuesday states would go to Biden, thereby hamstringing Sanders's chances of obtaining the Democratic nomination.

"Pete Buttigieg is OUT," Trump wrote. "All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing. This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play - NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!"

The president has frequently played up in his tweets the idea that Democratic elites are conspiring to withhold the Democratic nomination from Sanders, an accusation Sanders's own supporters alleged occurred in 2016.

Buttigieg performed impressively in the Iowa caucuses earlier this year, virtually tying Sanders in the overall vote share and slightly leading him in the overall allocation of state delegates. In subsequent primary contests, he failed to perform similarly, coming in a distant fourth place in Saturday's South Carolina primary.