Dems Behind Iowa Caucus Debacle Fault Trump Admin for 'Failure,' 'Lack of Testing'

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March 12, 2020

The political action committee affiliated with the team behind the Iowa Democratic caucus debacle accused President Donald Trump of poor planning and incompetency in a series of tweets.

"There is nothing proactive or decisive about this president. The biggest failure of this administration has been the lack of testing," Pacronym tweeted in response to a tweet from Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) praising the president's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

"They knew this was coming and failed to plan ahead," Pacronym wrote in another tweet.

Pacronym is the PAC for the 501(c)(4) dark-money group Acronym, whose tech firm Shadow Inc. created the failed reporting app used in the Iowa caucus. After the app's massive failure, IT experts specifically faulted Shadow's lack of testing and failure to plan ahead.

"The app appears rushed," one expert told NBC News. "Someone was not paying attention or on a deadline."

The Tom Steyer and Nancy Pelosi-funded Acronym once proudly claimed ownership of Shadow. But after the Iowa caucus suddenly ruined Shadow's public image, Acronym scrubbed its website of references to having "launched" the tech firm. The group now claims to have only "invested in" Shadow.

In another piece of Twitter irony, Shadow CEO Gerard Niemira's banner image during the entire Iowa debacle was a humorous Internet meme reading, "Plan Ahead."