Is the Democratic establishment trying to rig the election against socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders? Some think so.
Donald Trump Jr., the oldest son of President Donald Trump, is echoing accusations against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that the delayed timing of the impeachment trial, at least in part, may have been intended to keep Sanders off the campaign trail and slow his momentum in the primary process.
Trump Jr. calls out Pelosi over impeachment delay
“By the way, I think one thing that should be pointed out is that, while obviously it seems like there’s a good surge in Bernie and obviously a lot of support, I mean, Joe Biden’s had Iowa to himself for, what, three weeks because of the impeachment sham?” Trump Jr. said.
“But whether that’s by design,” he continued, ” — I don’t know if you believe that, Kevin, or not, maybe — but Nancy Pelosi actively trying to keep Bernie off of the trail, so, I mean, I’d hope that with three weeks, unfettered access to Iowa in the primary, if Biden doesn’t win big, he’s probably in a lot of trouble.”
“I mean, if he doesn’t win big after having three weeks while all of his real competition is sitting in D.C. going through Nancy’s hoax, I mean, I think there’s some big problems there,” Trump Jr. said.
“But again, if it ends up being Biden because they set it up — as I said, the last time they rigged a primary, it worked out really well for us. We got the perfect candidate to run against,” he added in reference to failed 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton and lingering accusations that the Democrat establishment had rigged the primary process in her favor during that cycle.
“And given the history and given all of the things we see about his competency on the stage, it’s one thing to hide him in a field of 17, it’s another to try and hide Joe when he’s one-on-one with Trump for six months, and that is a fight I would pay a lot of money to see,” Trump Jr. concluded.
Trump Jr. and other members of President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign were in Iowa on Monday to take part in that state’s caucuses, and his remarks about Pelosi came during a press conference ahead of the state-wide meetings to determine where the Democratic candidates stood with voters, the Washington Examiner reported.
Impeachment trial kept senators off the campaign trail
Thanks to the ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate, Sanders — along with other Democrat senator contenders like Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Amy Klobuchar (MN) — have been stuck in Washington D.C. for the past several weeks and were unable to campaign in Iowa ahead of the crucial caucuses.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is under no such constraints, and has had the run of the state with little competition from other top candidates — other than former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — for the duration of the impeachment trial.
Trump Jr. isn’t the only one or even the first to raise suspicions about whether Pelosi — who sat on the House-passed articles of impeachment for a month before transmitting them to the Senate so a trial could commence — deliberately delayed the start of the trial in order to help Biden by keeping Sanders, and to a lesser extent Warren and Klobuchar, off the campaign trail and tied to D.C. during the critical run-up to the Iowa caucuses.
Regardless, preliminary caucus results suggest the senators’ absence from the campaign trail had no real impact on their support with Iowa voters, as it looks like Biden still came up short on Monday.