In a recent appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders had a few words to share about his political rival, Donald Trump. While Fallon noted that the two candidates share a New York City background, Sanders immediately attacked Trump’s divisive tactics.
In particular, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sanders does not agree with Trump’s latest comments regarding Muslims living within the United States. In fact, Sanders has had some fairly harsh words for his political opponent, who originally hails from Queens.
“Throughout history, you’ve had demagogues trying to divert attention away from the real issues. What somebody like Trump is trying to do is divide us up,” Sanders told Fallon. “A few months ago we were supposed to hate Mexicans, and he thinks they’re all criminals or rapists.”
Sanders now believes that Trump is simply shifting attention away from Mexicans and on to Muslims, which he states has no place in a country like America.
“Now we’re supposed to hate Muslims – and that kind of crap is not going to work in the United States of America,” Sanders stated.
According to Huffington Post, Bernie Sanders’ comments follow a proposal by Trump to prevent any Muslims from coming into the United States, regardless of their background or legal standing with the U.S. Trump’s comments are in reaction to all of the recent terrorist attacks that have happened all around the world, including last week in California.
Although the comments angered many who do not share Trumps’ anti-Muslim views, they did resonate with several of Trump’s fellow Republican presidential candidates. In fact, a few of them stated that they would still offer their support for Trump if he eventually won the nomination for president.
Meanwhile, other democrats besides Sanders condemned Trumps’ comments against Muslims. This included White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who explained that Trump should not be allowed to run for president of the United States if he held such anti-Muslim views. This is a particularly strong stance to take, especially considering the authority by which the Press Secretary speaks.
At the same time, Sanders added that he was glad to have an opportunity to face off against Trump and beat him out for the presidency if the two were to win out their party’s nomination process. “I will enjoy that race very, very much,” the native from Brooklyn stated.
That being said, Sanders still has a ways to go before becoming the Democratic nominee for the president. While the Democratic side of the primary contains fewer candidates than their Republican counterpart, Sanders has quite the battle ahead of him with former Senator and First Lady, Hillary Clinton.
In regard to beating out Clinton for the Democratic nod, Sanders was confident in his team’s ability to get the job done. “First we gotta get past Secretary [Hillary] Clinton, and I think we’re gonna do that as well,” Sanders told the host.
In addition to his comments on Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, Sanders also took the time to play a hilarious game on the Tonight Show, titled “Whisper Challenge.” The game, as the title suggests, involves one person attempting to guess what the other is trying to say while wearing headphones.
While Fallon struggled to make anything out of Sanders’ phrase, “Iowa Caucus,” Sanders had little trouble discerning Fallon’s statement, “Feel the Bern.”
At this time, Trump has yet to come out and address Sanders’ comments. Given his highly controversial nature, it is not likely that the billionaire will let Sanders by without at least mentioning something about Sanders’ appearance with Fallon.
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