With the Nevada caucuses right around the corner, one member of the Trump 2020 team believes there is one question in particular that is on everyone’s mind.
According to Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump campaign, that question is whether Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) will prevail in Nevada, or whether the Democratic caucuses will “again” be “rigged,” against him, as she suspects was the case in Iowa earlier this month.
Rigged in Nevada?
McEnany’s comments came during an appearance on Saturday’s installment of Fox & Friends: Weekend.
“So, will Bernie win it, or will they rig it again?” she asked. “Will it be an unmitigated disaster like Iowa? That’s the question.”
The “unmitigated disaster” in Iowa, of course, stemmed from the failure of a vote reporting app, a disaster that has left the final results up in the air and prompted a recanvassing process that was scheduled to begin Sunday. But, it turns out that there may be much more to the story.
According to reports, the app was designed by a company called Shadow Inc., which is said to have ties to Hillary Clinton. In fact, several of the individuals who hold prominent positions in the company worked for Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
But that’s not all. It also turns out that former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic candidate who is currently leading the nomination race with 22 delegates, actually donated $40,000 to Shadow last year.
What’s more, the Nevada Democratic Party itself gave Shadow $60,000 for an undisclosed reason over the summer. The Shadow app was slated for use in the Nevada caucuses, but it now appears that two alternative apps will be used instead.
None of this, of course, proves anything. But with this kind of backstory, as well as the widespread belief that the 2016 Democratic Party primary process was rigged against Sanders, there is definitely the appearance of something fishy going on again this time, and that is the point that McEnany was trying to make.
Not so fast, Bernie
Be that as it may, McEnany also did some comparing and contrasting, and indicated that the Trump team doesn’t have any serious concerns about potentially facing Sanders in November.
“Yes, Bernie Sanders has a tailwind behind him, but this isn’t’ 2016 where you had the Republican Party saying we support President Trump. The voters were behind him — soaring to victory,” she said. “It’s really interesting that Bernie Sanders got the lowest vote total of any Democrat in 68 years in New Hampshire while President Trump got the highest vote total of any incumbent in modern history.”
Indeed, it’s clearly going to be an uphill battle for whomever the Democrats nominate.