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 TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE said Sunday that former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks, Senate balks Airlines suspend US flights in response to 5G deployment AT&T, Verizon to delay 5G rollout near certain airports MORE's exit from the 2020 race was a sign that the Democratic establishment was coalescing around former Vice President Joe Biden in an attempt to stop Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Briahna Joy Gray: Last-minute push for voting legislation felt 'perfomative' Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service 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.