President Trump took a moment on Sunday to help inflame resentment among Bernie Sanders supporters, who are still livid over how their candidate of choice was treated by the Democratic National Committee back in 2016.
“The Democratic National Committee, sometimes referred to as the DNC, is again working its magic in its quest to destroy Crazy Bernie Sanders for the more traditional, but not very bright, Sleepy Joe Biden,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “Here we go again Bernie, but this time please show a little more anger and indignation when you get screwed!”
Trump is no fan of Sanders, but he has repeatedly taken his side when it comes to how the DNC handled the nomination process in 2016, condemning it alongside Sanders fans for “rigging” the process and “disenfranchising” his supporters.
“Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats — both with delegates & otherwise. He should show them, & run as an Independent,” Trump tweeted in May 2016, during the height of the controversy. After the democratic socialist senator got snubbed, Trump repeatedly urged Sanders supporters to join him — if nothing else, to teach the party a lesson.
It isn’t just Trump who agrees with Sanders that the DNC “rigged” the primary, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has also publicly criticized the committee for how it handled 2016, telling CNN in 2017 that, “yes,” Sanders got a raw deal through the DNC’s superdelegates process.
Trump followed up his Democrats-trolling tweet on Monday with some more posts aimed at “Sleepy Joe” Biden. First, Trump called out the media for “pushing” Biden “hard,” adding that he can thank Biden and Obama for his presidency.
“The Media (Fake News) is pushing Sleepy Joe hard. Funny, I’m only here because of Biden & Obama. They didn’t do the job and now you have Trump, who is getting it done — big time!” Trump wrote.
Trump then pointed out that Biden is rallying in a state where his policies are helping to create the “best economic years in its history.”
“Sleepy Joe Biden is having his first rally in the Great State of Pennsylvania,” he said in another tweet. “He obviously doesn’t know that Pennsylvania is having one of the best economic years in its history, with lowest unemployment EVER, a now thriving Steel Industry (that was dead) & great future!”
In response to Pittsburgh unions hosting Biden’s first official campaign rally Monday, Trump tweeted, “I’ll never get the support of Dues Crazy union leadership, those people who rip-off their membership with ridiculously high dues, medical and other expenses while being paid a fortune. But the members love Trump. They look at our record economy, tax & reg cuts, military etc. WIN!”
“The Dues Sucking firefighters leadership will always support Democrats, even though the membership wants me. Some things never change!” Trump added in a follow-up tweet.
Biden officially announced his candidacy on Thursday in a racially charged video focused on the actions of white supremacists at the rally in Charlottesville that turned deadly. In the video, Biden accused Trump of having “assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it” in his response to the rally. Polls have consistently shown that Biden is the Democratic frontrunner.