Sanders Criticizes Democratic Party as He Suggests Buttigieg and Klobuchar Were 'Forced' Out


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) claims the Democratic Party is to blame for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D- Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropping out of the presidential race.

In fact, Sanders claims both candidates —who have since endorsed Joe Biden — were “forced” out of the race. On Sunday, Sanders appeared on ABC News’ This Week where he discussed the presidential race and the Democratic party.

During the interview, he offered his take on the Democratic establishment.

“One of the things I was kind of not surprised by was the power of the establishment to force Amy Klobuchar, who worked so hard, Pete Buttigieg, who really worked extremely hard, as well, out of the race,” Sanders said. “What was very clear from the media narrative and what the establishment wanted was to make sure that people coalesced around Biden.”

Check out Sanders’ interview:

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Sanders’ latest interview follows a string of reports about the Democratic primary. In the weeks leading up to Super Tuesday, Sanders was the front-runner. However, the race began to shift just days before the big day.

As previously reported on IJR, as presidential hopefuls suspended their campaigns, they began rallying behind Biden. Key Democratic lawmakers also began announcing their support of Biden. By Super Tuesday, Biden saw a surge in endorsements and ultimately won 10 states.

But despite Biden’s edge, Sanders is still standing on his defenses and criticizing the Biden campaign.

Last week alone, Biden’s campaign raked in more than $20 million. Sanders credits the “political establishment” for all of the money pouring into Biden’s campaign.

“We’re taking on the political establishment,” Sanders said during the ABC News interview.

“And what you are now seeing now, just in the last few weeks is Wall Street, the healthcare industry, the billionaire class, putting a lot of money into Joe’s campaign. But at the end of the day, you know what? I think we’re gonna win this thing.”

The next Democratic primary is scheduled for Tuesday, where six states are at stake.

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