Bernie Sanders is talking big now that he’s being taken more seriously by his party.
In a new Iowa poll, Bernie has gained 5 points to take the lead ahead of Warren, Buttigieg, and Biden (in that order.)
When Trump tweeted about Crazy Bernie's surge in the polls, Bernie used the opportunity to trash talk the president, telling him "It means you're going to lose."
Take a look:
The Washington Examiner has more to say about Bernie and Trump's exchange on Twitter:
Sen. Bernie Sanders is surging in many 2020 Democratic presidential primary polls, and President Trump thinks that's a good trend for his reelection chances.
"Wow! Crazy Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, looking very good against his opponents in the Do Nothing Party," Trump tweeted Sunday. "So what does this all mean? Stay tuned!"
Sanders, however, sees it a little differently.
"It means you’re going to lose," the Vermont senator responded.
It means you’re going to lose. https://t.co/CVBKoKq8DT— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 12, 2020
Sanders sits behind front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, with just over 20% of Democratic voters indicating he's their first choice to take on Trump in the 2020 general election, according to RealClearPolitics. Biden is currently registering at 29% support.
Newsweek also said:
Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday told Donald Trump that he will lose re-election in 2020, after the president acknowledged that the 2020 presidential candidate has been rising in the polls among the Democratic primary field.
"Wow! Crazy Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls, looking very good against his opponents in the Do Nothing Party. So what does this all mean? Stay tuned!" Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
In response, Sanders tweeted moments later: "It means you're going to lose."
It means youâ€™re going to lose. https://t.co/CVBKoKq8DT— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 12, 2020
Their Twitter exchange comes after a Des Moines Register/CNN poll, released late last week, positioned Sanders as the front-runner of the Iowa caucuses with 20 percent. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sanders' strongest progressive opponent, came in at second place, garnering 17 percent, while former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg following in third with 16 percent. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who's been leading the Democratic field in most polls since launching his bid last April, came in fourth with 15 percent.
However, Bernie's bold declaration is not exactly backed up by anything other than his own confidence.
In fact, Obama's campaign manager is warning that socialist Bernie would not stand much of a chance against Trump, who has truly made the economy great again, if he is selected as the Democrat nominee for 2020.
Politico has more to say on this:
Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign manager is warning that Democrats would struggle in a general election against Donald Trump if Bernie Sanders is the nominee.
In an interview with POLITICO, Jim Messina predicted that Trump would exploit Sanders’ stamp of socialism in battleground states needed to defeat Trump, keep control of the House and have a shot at winning the Senate.
“If I were a campaign manager for Donald Trump and I look at the field, I would very much want to run against Bernie Sanders,” Messina said. “I think the contrast is the best. He can say, ‘I’m a business guy, the economy’s good and this guy’s a socialist.’ I think that contrast for Trump is likely one that he’d be excited about in a way that he wouldn’t be as excited about Biden or potentially Mayor Pete or some of the more Midwestern moderate candidates.”
This is not the first time Messina has questioned Sanders' viability as a general election candidate. His latest remarks come amid Sanders’ first-place showing in the marquee Iowa Poll and as the Vermont senator‘s messaging has increasingly focused on his electability.
Messina said he is not endorsing in the 2020 race. He recently attended a fundraiser for Biden in Irvine, Calif., he said, because his wife is a supporter of the former vice president.
“From a general election perspective, socialism is not going to be what Democrats are going to want to defend,” Messina added.“If you’re the Democratic nominee for the Montana Senate race, you don’t want to spend the election talking about socialism.”