Trump claims Bernie Sanders 'will drop out soon', says Vermont senator's exit was DNC's fondest wish
Trump took to Twitter proclaiming that Sanders is set to drop out of the 2020 Democratic race soon
President Donald Trump, on Wednesday, said that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who lost to former Vice President Joe Biden in the recent Democratic primaries, has given up. Trump took to Twitter proclaiming that Sanders is set to drop out of the 2020 Democratic race soon.
"Bernie has given up, just like he did last time. He will be dropping out soon!" the president wrote. The Republican's message came shortly after Biden secured more delegates than Sanders in the Florida, Illinois, and Arizona Democratic primaries on Tuesday.
Trump also portrayed Biden's win over Sanders as a victory for the Democratic establishment, suggesting that it was the party's "fondest wish" that Sanders gets defeated "ahead of schedule."
"The DNC will have gotten their fondest wish and defeated Bernie Sanders, far ahead of schedule,” Trump wrote. "Now they are doing everything possible to be nice to him in order to keep his supporters."
Sanders' spokesperson, in a statement on Wednesday morning, announced that the Senator would "assess his campaign" in the next three weeks while engaging in conversations with his supporters.
"The next primary contest is at least three weeks away. Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign," Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement. "In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable." Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Wyoming are set for the next state primaries, which would be held on April 4.
The Senator later, in a similar statement to CNN, said: "As I said yesterday, we are assessing the state of our campaign, there's not going to be an election for another three weeks. We are talking to our supporters. Anybody who suggests that at this point we are ending the campaign is not telling the truth."
Sanders' statement came as certain parts of his campaign appear to be coming to a halt. The campaign has reportedly stopped running digital ads and has not booked television ads in the last week, an aide confirmed to the outlet. Reports state that his campaign has not yet released any new fundraising appeals.
Meanwhile, the former vice president has expanded his significantly expanded his delegate lead over Sanders with Tuesday's sweep of all three states. Biden, as of Wednesday, has maintained a nearly 300-delegate lead over Sanders.
Shakir, in a campaign email to Sanders' supporters on Wednesday, wrote: "No sugarcoating it, last night did not go the way we wanted. And while our campaign has won the battle of ideas, we are losing the battle over electability to Joe Biden."
Sanders is currently in a phase of deliberation, not just about the next stage of his campaign but also about the movement he initiated, a senior aide told the outlet. "Sen. Sanders legitimately feels the 'US not me' statement is not just a slogan it is the backbone of the movement," the aide said. "He won't make a decision about the future of his campaign without receiving the input of those who have been by his side."