Iowa made headlines this week when the state’s Democrat-run caucuses descended into a shocking debacle with no clear winner.
While that’s led some to call for the Hawkeye State to adopt a new system of choosing its delegates, President Trump isn’t among them.
It’s not Iowa, it’s the Democrats
On Tuesday, NBC News corespondent Steve Kornacki tweeted that “Iowa’s outsize role has faced attacks for decades, along with periodic failed attempts by other states to take the first-in-the-nation slot.”
“But,” he continued, “criticism has been louder than ever this past year, and now those critics may have the ammunition they need to kill it.”
President Trump was quick to push back, responding, “It is not the fault of Iowa, it is the Do Nothing Democrats fault. As long as I am President, Iowa will stay where it is. Important tradition!”
By Wednesday, Democrats were still struggling to come up with results, leading to rumors of hacking and election interference.
Party denies “a hack or an intrusion”
“This is simply a reporting issue. The app did not go down, and this is not a hack or an intrusion,” Democrat party spokeswoman Mandy McClure declared in a statement. “The underlying data and paper trail is sound and will simply take time to further report the results.”
However, the Biden campaign didn’t sound interested in hearing excuses. The Washington Examiner quoted a letter from Biden attorney Dana Demus that read, “The app that was intended to relay Caucus results to the Party failed; the Party’s back-up telephone reporting system likewise failed.”
“Now we understand that the Caucus Chairs are attempting to — and, in many cases, failing to — report results telephonically to the Party,” the letter continued.
It went on to demand “full explanations and relevant information regarding the methods of quality control you are employing, and an opportunity to respond, before any official results are released.”
The lack of formal results on Monday night didn’t prevent South Bend, Indiana’s Mayor Pete Buttigieg from giving a victory speech.
A formal victor has yet to be declared at the time of this writing, but Buttigieg maintains a narrow lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).