Why Did Trump Invent the Rumor That Sanders Was Dropping Out of the Election? Here's One Potential Rationale

Indiana votes on Tuesday, and in preparation for its May 3 primary, Fox News' Greta Van Susteren hosted a town hall with Donald Trump in Indianapolis Wednesday night. During the hour-long event, undecided Indiana voters had the chance to voice their questions to the GOP frontrunner.

“Have you decided who you’re voting for?” Van Susteren asked an 18-year-old first-time voter. 

“I have not. That’s actually why I’m here," the attendee replied. The high school senior explained that he was set to attend Wabash College this fall, a liberal arts college in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Although he had some reservations about Sanders' plans, he wanted to hear Trump's thoughts on making higher education affordable. 

“As we all know, candidate Sanders is offering free college tuition," the undecided voter began.

“I think he’s leaving the race today, by the way,” interrupted Trump, and added, “He’s got some difficulty…”

While Bernie Sanders announced earlier that day that he would be laying off hundreds of staffers, he also explained he would be doing so to focus on winning California's early June primary. Conveniently, Trump praised Sanders’ determination when closed primary states voted, as a means to simultaneously bash Hillary Clinton. However, nearly all the remaining states the two will compete in are open primaries, meaning any voter can vote for any candidate, with the exception of New Jersey—a strong potential reason for Trump to invent the rumor that Sanders is dropping out. 

Watch: Undecided Indiana voter is torn between Sanders and Trump:

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