Lara Trump Suggests Bernie Sanders Is Trump Campaign's Preferred Candidate in 2020 Democratic Race

Lara Trump has suggested the Trump campaign's preferred candidate in the Democratic Party's 2020 race is Senator Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, an independent from Vermont and a democratic socialist, is a leading candidate in the Democratic race and has a strong chance of securing the nomination.

The 78-year-old is campaigning on a resolutely progressive platform promising, among other things, Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, free college tuition, an expansion of social security and higher taxes on the wealthiest households.

"Bernie looks very strong right now and I think whenever you're talking about comparing on November 3 of 2020 two different candidates they couldn't be more different between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders," Lara Trump, a Trump campaign adviser, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night amid the Iowa caucuses.

"It doesn't really matter to us at the Trump campaign who it is because we really feel like people are feeling the results of the Trump presidency in very positive ways every day across this country so we feel great as we go into November.

"But listen, if you want a stark contrast and you want to show people really how frightening it could be out there I guess Bernie Sanders could be that person but we'll have to see what the people of Iowa and all across this country decide."

Newsweek has asked the Sanders campaign for comment.

Lara Trump, who is married to the president's middle son Eric, told Carlson the 2020 race has a "very unique Democratic field."

"From the Trump campaign perspective, listen, we'd love a clear frontrunner so we can focus in on that person, but it really hasn't panned out that way yet," she said.

Carlson asked Trump if she thought it was strange that there is no clear frontrunner because the Democratic Party's sole focus is defeating the president with any candidate able to do so.

"It should be strange. The problem is, instead of focusing on actually getting along with this president and doing things positive to impact this country, they have been obsessed with trying to get him out of office," Trump replied.

"So maybe they should have spent their time, I don't know, vetting better candidates and trying to find people that are likable as candidates Instead, they tried to impeach the president, they've put us forward the Russia collusion hoax, they worked against him at every single turn.

"Fortunately for the country, the president has been incredibly successful with everything he's done despite the fact they've worked against him. So maybe they should've put their energy elsewhere, who knows?"

Polling frequently shows many or all of the leading Democratic candidates ahead of the president in one-on-ones.

A SurveyUSA poll in January found Sanders led Trump among registered voters by the widest margin of all the Democratic candidates, at 52 percent to 43 percent, a nine-point advantage. Next was former vice president Joe Biden at 50 percent to Trump's 43 percent.

The Iowa results were delayed amid technical problems with the reporting system used by precincts to declare their vote counts. The result is expected sometime on Tuesday and candidates have already moved on to campaign in New Hampshire.

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Lara Trump (R), the wife of Eric Trump (C), speaks with Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale (L) during a "Keep Iowa Great" press conference in Des Moines, IA, on February 3, 2020. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images