President Donald Trump, in continuing to defend Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said that 2020 Democratic candidate could have won more states during the Super Tuesday contest if Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wasn’t in the race.
Warren and Sanders, who are both from northeastern states, are running on similar, progressive platforms.
“Wow! If Elizabeth Warren wasn’t in the race, Bernie Sanders would have EASILY won Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas, not to mention various other states,” the president wrote on Twitter Wednesday. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has styled himself as a moderate in the face of Sanders’s progressivism, took those three states.
Warren, he added, “won’t go down in history as a winner, but she may very well go down as the all time great SPOILER!”
Trump’s Wednesday comment about Warren has continued a trend of the president avoiding direct attacks on Sanders while claiming that the establishment wing of the Democratic party is attempting to “rig” the election against Sanders, who has a significant grassroots following.
After the Super Tuesday results came in, Warren announced that her campaign would reassess their strategy going forward. The senator hasn’t won a single state, including her home state of Massachusetts, but picked up 42 delegates on Tuesday.
So far, Biden has acquired the most delegates in the race so far, coming after former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) dropped out of the race before the Super Tuesday contests. Buttigieg and Klobuchar both endorsed Biden, while the former vice president also picked up an endorsement from former Democratic 2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke when he spoke during a Biden campaign rally in Texas.
Biden is projected to win nine states, including Texas, while Sanders is poised to win four, including California.
The ex-vice president’s strong performance on Tuesday also prompted billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has spent the most on advertising, to drop out of the race after just over three months. Bloomberg only picked up a handful of delegates and won no states.
The four remaining candidates are Warren, Sanders, Biden, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Gabbard hasn’t won any state and has won just a single delegate.