President Trump floated a theory on Saturday that the impeachment process may not have even been about him at all, but about the Democratic presidential primary and who stands to benefit.
In a tweet, Trump said the Senate trial would put senators seeking their party’s nomination at an unfair disadvantage.
“They are taking the Democrat Nomination away from Crazy Bernie, just like last time. Some things never change!” he tweeted.
They are taking the Democrat Nomination away from Crazy Bernie, just like last time. Some things never change!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2020
So, who stands to benefit? Democratic front runner Joe Biden.
In another tweet, Trump specifically named House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and said she was “rigging the election again.”
“They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously. They are bringing him out of so important Iowa in order that, as a Senator, he sit through the Impeachment Hoax Trial,” the president said.
“Crazy Nancy thereby gives the strong edge to Sleepy Joe Biden, and Bernie is shut out again,” Trump continued. “Very unfair, but that’s the way the Democrats play the game. Anyway, it’s a lot of fun to watch!”
….Joe Biden, and Bernie is shut out again. Very unfair, but that’s the way the Democrats play the game. Anyway, it’s a lot of fun to watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2020
Trump is alleging that the DNC, for consecutive presidential primaries, is pushing the candidate of their choosing to win the nomination.
Fox News reports House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made similar remarks about Pelosi during a press conference earlier in the week.
“Within her own leadership, there were questions about why she held [the articles],” he said. “But if there’s anyone who gained from this, it’d be anybody who’s running for president that’s not in the U.S. Senate. With Iowa quickly upon us in early February, those four senators who are running for president will now no longer have a voice.”
“I know what happened four years ago. Something no one thought would,” he said, concerning the DNC supplying then-Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton an unfair economic edge over Sanders. “That the head of a complete party of the Democrat National Committee resigning the day before, actually the night before, the nominating convention. Why? Because emails came out to show that one of the main campaigners, Sen. Bernie Sanders, was cheated.”
McCarthy mentioned the DNC even changed their primary selection process, adding rules and removing super delegates as a means of choosing, to be fairer. That is, until Pelosi found a way around the changes.
“They had a process in there where they had superdelegates. Superdelegates are the insurance policy for the establishment to determine who can become the nominee,” the California Republican said per Fox News. “Because of this horrific act, the Democratic National Committee actually removed superdelegates on the first round. Sen. Sanders actually has a chance to win. But not now, that Nancy Pelosi has held these documents.”
“There was nothing gained,” McCarthy continued. “It goes against everything she said. But if you look at the true political nature of why — [it was] to harm one campaign and give a benefit to another.”
“The only rightful thing of Joe Biden is to make a pledge not to campaign while Bernie Sanders cannot — after what the Democratic National Committee had done to his campaign a few short years ago,” he concluded via the report.