Monday's night's Iowa caucuses have proven to be a huge problem for Democrats and something that Republicans are already using to criticize their rival party.
Tuesday morning, with no winner yet declared in the first-in-the-nation Democratic primary contest, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Democrats for the electoral fiasco and tied it to their ability to govern the country.
"The Democrat Caucus is an unmitigated disaster," Trump wrote. "Nothing works, just like they ran the Country. Remember the 5 Billion Dollar Obamacare Website, that should have cost 2% of that. The only person that can claim a very big victory in Iowa last night is 'Trump'."
The Democrat Caucus is an unmitigated disaster. Nothing works, just like they ran the Country. Remember the 5 Bill… https://t.co/gfWXBssT0H— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1580816003.0
To his point about a "very big victory," the president easily trounced his long shot Republican primary challengers with just over 97% of the votes. More notably, the campaign also saw strong incumbent-year turnout among Republicans, the Washington Examiner reported, with over 32,000 Republicans showing up compared to the roughly 8,000 seen during former President George W. Bush's 2004 primary.
The night before, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, made a similar case in a tweet calling the situation a "Democrat party meltdown."
"They can't even run a caucus and they want to run the government," Parscale chided.
Democrat party meltdown. They can’t even run a caucus and they want to run the government. 😳 No thank you.— Brad Parscale - Text TRUMP to 88022 (@Brad Parscale - Text TRUMP to 88022)1580790430.0
Some congressional Republicans also pointed to the caucus disaster as evidence of Democrats' incompetence.
"Dems right now can't even stand in a gymnasium and count how many people move under each sign," tweeted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Tuesday morning. "These are the people who want to be put in charge of our healthcare & everything else in our lives? No thank you."
Dems right now can’t even stand in a gymnasium and count how many people move under each sign. These are the people… https://t.co/nBvbMEu1xF— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz)1580822449.0
Cruz's GOP Senate colleague Ron Johnson (Wis.) said that the "Democrat Iowa caucus debacle is a perfect metaphor for Democrat policy proposals for America - they would be a total disaster."
The Democrat Iowa caucus debacle is a perfect metaphor for Democrat policy proposals for America - they would be a total disaster.— Senator Ron Johnson (@Senator Ron Johnson)1580820429.0
Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) also made a similar case as people awaited results on Monday night, reminding social media followers that "this is the party that wants to run your healthcare, control your employment, decide what kind of car you can drive, and more."
Folks—this is the party that wants to run your healthcare, control your employment, decide what kind of car you can drive, and more— Mark Meadows (@Mark Meadows)1580791442.0
Rep. Ron Wright (R-Texas) said that the inconsistencies, incompetence, and lack of transparency by Democrats in #Iowa are matched only by the three-year-long deranged and incoherent crusade to oust [President Trump] from office."
The Iowa Democratic Party was unable to put out caucus results for the Democratic candidates Monday night and attributed the delay to "inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results" which were submitted via an app, and that it would "simply take time to further report the results" from underlying data.
Tuesday morning the state party said in a statement attributing the previous night's issues were due to a "coding issue in the reporting system," that the "underlying data collected via the app was sound" and that their plan was to "release the results as soon as possible today."
New Iowa Dem Party statement: Coding issue meant app only spat out partial results. Some precincts still reporting.… https://t.co/BTHDH9FYpQ— Reid Wilson (@Reid Wilson)1580825751.0