Donald Trump has set his target on Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. But Clinton’s opposition, Senator Bernie Sanders, came to the Secretary’s defense in his most recent commentary on Trump, the Republican presidential candidate front-runner. This is the latest example of Bernie Sanders coming to the defense of Hillary Clinton, as the data breach controversy is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 23, 2015
When it comes to criticizing Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders may be the most eloquent of all the current presidential candidates. So, of course, Sanders commented after Trump said the following Monday night.
“Even a race to Obama… she was gonna beat Obama. I don’t know who would be worse. I don’t know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat — she was favored to win — and she got schlonged. She lost. I mean, she lost.”
Then, talking about Hillary Clinton briefly leaving the stage during her debate to use the restroom.
“I know where she went. It’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting! Don’t say it, it’s disgusting. Let’s not talk; we want to be very, very straight up.”
As reported by CNN Politics, Trump moved on from Hillary Clinton to other political opponents — everyone from Senator Lindsay Graham to President Barack Obama.
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— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) December 22, 2015
Of course, such crass comments can’t be made without a response. At a rally in Iowa on Tuesday, Sanders took a moment from his standard discourse to address Trump’s attack on Clinton, who currently has a commanding lead over the Senator from Vermont.
“I don’t know how to break this to you: Donald Trump is very upset… I don’t know what his relationship with women has been like, but he has discovered that women go to the bathroom — and it’s very upsetting for him… I’ve got to be honest with you. I’ve got to lay it out on the table: I also went to the bathroom.”
Sanders also had some serious things to say about Trump, echoing the same sentiment as the rest of the Democratic party. Simply put: “Donald Trump is not right.”
— Jim Harris (@JimHarris) December 13, 2015
This isn’t the first time that Sanders has helped Clinton deflect negative comments from the GOP. When Hillary came under fire for deleting 32,000 work emails from her personal email server, the media covered the scandal around the clock. Finally, at the first Democratic debate, Sanders famously told Hillary that we are “sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!” Rather than grilling the DNC favorite over the controversial issue, Sanders essentially said it wasn’t worth discussing any further.
— Brandon For Bernie (@brandon2479) October 14, 2015
This is rather unusual behavior for an American politician. In such a competitive atmosphere, trailing candidates generally do whatever it takes to make gains on the favorites. According to Real Clear Politics, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders by 24.3 points today. And prior to the third Democratic debate, the Bernie Sanders campaign was punished by the Democratic National Committee for accessing voter information belonging to the Hillary campaign.
And still, Bernie Sanders continues to warm up to Hillary Clinton and the DNC. He has yet to attack Clinton in any way other than acknowledging their political differences. In almost every way, Sanders is running a campaign that is the polar opposite of the Trump campaign. Rather than intentionally distancing himself from the other candidates and his party as a whole, Sanders remains very cordial. The anxiety felt by the left when Sanders began using the word “socialism” has essentially past.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 20, 2015
As noted in Bustle, Sanders’ demeanor towards Clinton doesn’t cost him any votes with his current supporters. He hasn’t given in to Hillary’s view on any of the issues — he simply unites with her against a common enemy. At the same time, many casual democrats who were uneasy about Bernie’s extreme views are beginning to see him as a rational, well-thought candidate. He remains a viable option for left-leaning voters who are yet undecided.
Having avoided major damage over the data breach controversy, Bernie Sanders continues to gain momentum against Hillary Clinton. But thanks to Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks, the gap between Sanders and Hillary may have shrunk ever so slightly.
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