Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, too, underperformed across the board Tuesday, ceding her home state in a third-place finish behind Biden and Sanders. The former vice president even maintains a narrow lead in Maine, which sits adjacent to Sanders’ and Warren’s New England strongholds.
Even as the results trickled in Tuesday night, Trump was pounding the message that Warren was undermining Sanders.
“So selfish for Elizabeth Warren to stay in the race. She has Zero chance of even coming close to winning, but hurts Bernie badly,” he wrote. “So much for their wonderful liberal friendship. Will he ever speak to her again? She cost him Massachusetts (and came in third), he shouldn’t!”
Trump has sought in recent weeks to gin up intra-party conflict among Democrats, claiming repeatedly that party elders are trying to steal the nomination from Sanders.
At times, the president has consciously echoed a narrative promoted by Sanders himself, who has cast his candidacy as a populist crusade against powerful special interests and the political establishment in both parties.
“If it comes out to be a campaign in which we have one candidate who is standing up for the working class and middle class, we’re going to win that election,” Sanders said last night in Vermont. “Then if we have another candidate who has received contributions from at least 60 billionaires — and if there is another candidate in the race who is spending hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars — we’re going to tell him in America, you cannot buy elections.”
Weighing in on the state of the nominating contests in real time Tuesday night, Trump turned to his favored derisive nicknames and outright mockery of the struggling Democratic candidates.
Amid a series of boilerplate posts thanking Republican voters for granting him victories in their state primaries, Trump first trained his fire on Bloomberg — a recurrent punching bag of the president’s whose small fortune in ad buys won him first place in only American Samoa’s caucuses.
“The biggest loser tonight, by far, is Mini Mike Bloomberg. His ‘political’ consultants took him for a ride,” Trump wrote. “$700 million washed down the drain, and he got nothing for it but the nickname Mini Mike, and the complete destruction of his reputation. Way to go Mike!”
Less than 15 minutes later, the president interjected again, this time lashing “Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren” as the other “loser of the night.”
“She didn’t even come close to winning her home state of Massachusetts,” he added. “Well, now she can just sit back with her husband and have a nice cold beer!”