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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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.