It’s not often that Donald Trump offers sympathy publicly for others, much less his presidential rivals, but the 69-year-old Republican candidate told reporters that he “felt badly” for Bernie Sanders after the Democratic candidate’s rally in Seattle was interrupted by “Black Lives Matter” protesters.
However, as it often is in the case of Donald Trump, his comments were more or less jabs rather than pats on the shoulder for Bernie Sanders.
Speaking to reporters, Donald Trump stated that Sanders showed weakness by allowing the protesters to disrupt his rally and steal his platform, calling the “Black Lives Matter” protesters “disgusting.”
“I would never give up my microphone. I thought that was disgusting. That showed such weakness.”
Donald Trump went on to offer his expert opinion on race relation in the United States. In the past, Trump made headlines for repeatedly requesting the birth certificate and the college records of President Barack Obama, and recently made it clear that it was not his job to be politically correct.
“Certainly doing very poorly. I mean, you look at what’s going on every place. Every place. I mean, we have powder kegs all over the country waiting to explode. We need spirit, esprit de corps, cheerleading, and we need jobs.”
Bernie Sanders has been a revelation ever since entering the race to challenge Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential nomination race. Sanders has whipped up enthusiasm mainly from the left of his party.
Sanders is currently leading perennial favorite Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire by seven points, according to a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll.
Recently, Bernie Sanders has been criticized by many for not addressing problems relating to race issues during his presidential campaign, despite being involved in the civil rights movement dating back to his college years.
Sanders has since released a racial justice platform that seeks to address the issue of the varying forms of violence afflicted upon minorities in the United States. The platform has been noted as a sign of progress by many, including key members of the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Like Sanders, Donald Trump has also whipped up enthusiasm as well, and is currently leading, albeit with the bemusement of many political analysts, the polls by some distance in the Republican field.
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