Sarah Sanders delivered a dismal assessment of former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign in the wake of the Iowa caucuses.
The former White House press secretary spoke with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday while awaiting results from the first nominating contest of the 2020 election cycle.
(Source: Fox News)
Later, the night ended with no official vote totals in what Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale called “the sloppiest train wreck in history” as the Iowa Democratic Party blamed “inconsistencies” in some precinct reporting for delays.
But as Sanders spoke on “Hannity,” she predicted that a poor showing by Biden in the high-stakes contest could spell disaster for his campaign, noting that, in light of recent moves by the Democrat Party, they seem to “no longer have any confidence that Joe Biden is viable at this point.”
“He looks very weak in Iowa. His money is drying up. He is exciting no one,” Sanders remarked.
“And I think if he comes in anything but first tonight he is going to be in real trouble down the line,” she added. “He’s already having a hard time raising money. They’ve had to draw resources from other places and try to put it into Iowa.”
Although the results for Monday night’s Iowa Democratic Party caucus are still not in, some reports speculated that the numbers will show Biden coming in third or fourth place.
Leaked reports from campaign internals show the following:
1st place Bernie
2nd place Pete
3rd place Warren
4th place Biden
No wonder why the Iowa Democrats said they couldn’t report their results
The corrupt and confused former VP allegedly finished.. FOURTH
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 4, 2020
But ahead of the reports, Sanders warned that the former vice president may need to replenish his campaign coffers if he plans to forge ahead.
“He may be calling his son Hunter and borrowing money from him to fund his campaign pretty soon if he doesn’t have a big showing tonight,” she told Hannity.
NBC’s Chuck Todd thought that “Joe Biden may have dodged a bullet” since he went on to New Hampshire before the official Iowa results were reported.
“All indications are that Joe Biden was sitting somewhere in the third or fourth range with the first alignment … it’s very possible that once they do the delegate reallocation, he was going to be in fourth,” the “Meet the Press” host said on “Today” Tuesday.
“The person who benefited the most from this glitch might’ve been Joe Biden… Then you look at Pete Buttigieg, who may have been the person hurt the most here,” @chucktodd explains. pic.twitter.com/V3vd5F3idi
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 4, 2020
At a caucus site in Des Moines, it appeared that Biden had not reached the threshold to earn delegate support in the precinct. CNN’s Jake Tapper dealt a low blow to supporters who were trying to remain optimistic, questioning if they believed their candidate could get the needed numbers “this year.”
Meanwhile, President Trump touted record-breaking numbers in the state’s Republican caucus:
The Democrat Party in Iowa really messed up, but the Republican Party did not. I had the largest re-election vote in the history of that great state, by far, beating President Obama’s previous record by a lot. Also, 97% Plus of the vote! Thank you Iowa!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2020
Ari Fleischer, former President George W. Bush press secretary, told Hannity that Biden’s “weakness” has opened the door to Sen. Bernie Sanders who could come away a winner in the Iowa contest.
“Bernie has a legitimate shot at winning this thing, not only here in Iowa tonight but in New Hampshire and who knows what could happen after that,” he said. “Don’t rule Bernie out of winning the entire thing.”
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