Donald Trump might be “feeling the bern” after Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders took him on at a recent political rally in Iowa.
Senator Sanders took a moment on Tuesday to step away from his usual message highlighting economic issues within the United States and focused on GOP front-runner Donald Trump, who recently made headlines because of his increasingly personal attacks against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. At his own political rally, Trump referred to Clinton’s loss in the 2008 primary to Barrack Obama as “getting schlonged” and also expressed a great deal of somewhat perplexing disgust over the idea that Clinton used the restroom during the most recent Democratic debate.
But Sanders handled Donald Trump’s attacks against his own rival with humor.
“I don’t know how to break this to you. Donald Trump is very upset,” Sanders told the crowd at a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
“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.”
Sanders read Trump’s quote out loud. Trump had said, in reference to Hillary Clinton coming back on the debate stage after using the restroom, “What happened to her? I’m watching the debate, and she disappeared.”
He then answered his own question, overtly disgusted and flabbergasted at the notion that a woman would need to use the restroom, saying, “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. We want to be very straight up, OK?”
Sanders seemed to marvel at Trump’s “apparent lack of understanding of basic bodily functions.”
And for Sanders, it isn’t just the rather low-brow quality of Donald Trump’s attacks that amaze him — it’s the fact that Trump behaves in such a manner and thinks he is presidential material.
“This is a guy who wants to be president of the United States. He must have a very unusual relationship with women,” Sanders said.
Sanders then drew laughter from the crowd by admitting that he, too, like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. also used the restroom during the debate. However, for some reason, Trump was not disgusted by his bodily functions.
“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 said, spreading out his arms as if admitting to a crime. “I know. I have to admit it.”
“I guess other men are allowed to go to the bathroom, but women, what can we say?” he added.
But Sanders attack on Trump wasn’t all light-hearted. He took the business mogul to task for taking attention away from the “real issues” in the United States with his increasingly bombastic rhetoric against Mexican and Muslim immigrants.
“What we are saying to the American people is, no, Donald Trump is not right. A Mexican worker making eight bucks an hour is not the reason why the middle class is disappearing. And no, we are not going to divide our people up and create scapegoats, like Muslims, to hate. We’re going to bring our people together.”
Sanders made a similar argument, expressing his frustration and disgust with Trump at the recent Democratic debate, speaking passionately about what the majority of Americans are worried about.
“They’re anxious about the fact that they are working incredibly long hours, they’re worried about their kids and they’re seeing the income and wealth going to the top 1 percent. And they’re looking at Washington and saying, ‘the rich are getting much richer, I’m getting poorer, what are you going to do for my kids?’ And somebody like a Trump comes along and says, ‘I know the answers. The answer is that all of the Mexicans, they’re criminals and rapists, we’ve got to hate the Mexicans. Those are your enemies. We hate all the Muslims because all of the Muslims are terrorists. We’ve got to hate the Muslims.’ Meanwhile, the rich get richer. So what I say to those people who go to Donald Trump’s rallies, understand, he thinks a low minimum wage in America is a good idea. He thinks low wages are a good idea. I believe we stand together to address the real issues facing this country, not allow them to divide us by race or where we come from. Let’s create an America that works for all of us, not the handful on top.”
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