On Friday, President Donald Trump hammered House Democrats for delaying the Senate impeachment trial, accusing them of trying to rig the 2020 election against Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Shortly after Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi successfully impeached President Trump in the House last December, she held on to the impeachment articles for nearly a month. On Thursday, the Speaker finally signed off on the articles of impeachment to send them over to the Senate.
Many people speculate that Speaker Pelosi held onto the articles of impeachment to give 2020 Democratic presidential candidates like Joe Biden an edge considering the other candidates who are also senators, like Senator Sanders, will now be forced to abandon the campaign trail to focus on the Senate impeachment trial.
“They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously,” the President tweeted. “They are bringing him out of so important Iowa in order that, as a Senator, he sit through the Impeachment Hoax Trial. Crazy Nancy thereby gives the strong edge to Sleepy 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!”
The President seems to be onto something considering Sanders himself has admitted that the Senate impeachment trial will hurt his campaign.
Via The Washington Examiner, “Sanders: ‘I would rather be in Iowa’ than sitting in Trump’s impeachment trial”:
Bernie Sanders isn’t happy about being stuck in Washington for President Trump’s Senate trial.
“I would rather be in Iowa today. There’s a caucus there in 2 1/2 weeks. I’d rather be in New Hampshire, and Nevada, and so forth. But I swore a constitutional oath as a United States senator to do my job, and I’m here to do my job,” the Vermont senator told reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
Sanders, 78, added he believed Democrats understood he needed to balance his responsibilities but noted the trial shouldn’t distract them other pressing matters.
“We’ve got to deal with this impeachment trial, but we cannot forget the very serious problems facing the American people,” he said.
More from The Hill, “Sanders says he’s concerned about lost campaign time during impeachment trial”:
Despite being about 1,000 miles from the Hawkeye State, Sanders still hit on a couple of his favorite political themes at an impromptu press conference in the Capitol basement Thursday.
“While we go forward with this impeachment trial, I hope the American people understand that we have not forgotten that in this country, outside of Washington, D.C., today, there are millions of people who are struggling economically, millions of people who cannot afford their prescription drugs or their health care,” he said.
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