Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) fired back Sunday afternoon at a tweet from President Trump noting his rise in several recent polls of the Democratic presidential 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 earlier in the day.
“It means you’re going to lose,” the Vermont senator tweeted in response.
Sanders led the well-regarded Des Moines Register/CNN poll released at the end of last week, a month ahead of the Iowa caucuses, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in second place and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in third place after losing 9 points from the previous poll. Former Vice President Joe Biden came in fourth.
Jennifer Palmieri, who served as White House director of communications for former President Obama and as director of communications for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, also mentioned the poll, calling it “momentous” and noting the poll’s history of predicting the eventual party nominee at this point in the election cycle.
The Trump campaign, meanwhile, has intensified its attacks on Sanders since the poll’s release, with Trump singling him out at an Ohio rally last week for opposing the administration’s actions on Iran and the campaign calling him a “wealthy, fossil fuel-guzzling millionaire” who “lectures Americans on how to live their lives while doing the exact opposite.”