Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich claimed Thursday that the Iowa caucuses process is "rigged," resulting in Pete Buttigieg getting "all this press" while Sen. Bernie Sanders came in first with the most votes in both the first and second rounds.
"The news media is totally misrepresenting Iowa," Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox and Friends," while commenting on the reporting delays that left the first-in-the-nation contest without a clear winner being announced on Monday.
As of Wednesday night, Buttigieg and Sanders were in a virtual tie with 92% of the results being released. But the reporting delay left Sanders without being recognized, said Gingrich, and that shows how "desperate" the Democratic establishment is acting.
"He is the front-runner for the Democratic Party right now," said Gingrich.
Democratic strategist James Carville has said he's horrified by the far-left direction his party is heading in, said show co-host Steve Doocy, and Gingrich said "he should be."
If Sanders is nominated, that could add to the growing "radical" bend the House is taking through the influence of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and others, said Gingrich.
"They have over 200 members, what I call the radical 200, who signed on to all sorts of goofy bills," said Gingrich. "They have made all sorts of goofy votes. They want to go home and pretend they are not AOC. The truth is, they are AOC."
Meanwhile, Gingrich said he thinks the Democrats will have a brokered convention in Milwaukee this summer, and he thinks former Vice President Joe Biden will be bypassed by Mike Bloomberg.
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