It’s the 2016 playbook all over again, as Donald Trump is trying to fuel resentment among Sanders supporters to divide Democrats.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2020
We’ve all been here before. Trump knows that he can’t beat a united Democratic Party, so he is using Sen. Bernie Sanders to divide Democrats. Trump is likely to have used this tactic if there was a solid second non-Biden candidate, whether that was Sanders or not in the Democratic primary.
Two things are clear. Trump is desperate to face Sanders who he called a communist during his Super Bowl interview with Sean Hannity:
Trump calls Bernie Sanders a communist in preview of how he will attack Sanders if he wins the nomination. pic.twitter.com/PLRc7J79LB
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 2, 2020
Secondly, Trump doesn’t want to face Joe Biden and is trying to use Sanders to divide Democrats and weaken Biden if he is the nominee in the fall.
It is the same playbook that Trump and the Russians ran against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump is trying to divide the party, which is why all Democratic primary voters will have to unify, no matter who wins the nomination.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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