Bernie Sanders is no friend of Hillary, but he’s been defending her a lot lately. First it was to criticize the media for obsessing about her private email server. More recently, Bernie has defended her against Trump’s disgust that she took a bathroom break during the last Democratic primary debate.
Trump expressed outrage that she would answer the call to nature, but while in Iowa last week, Bernie Sanders made light of the controversy in front of a delighted crowd.
“Donald Trump is very upset. It’s hard for him to deal with. I don’t know what his relationship with women has been in his life, but he has discovered that women go to the bathroom. I gotta be honest with you. I gotta lay it out on the table. I also went to the bathroom. I guess I’m a man, I’m allowed to go. But women, what can we say?”
Earlier in the week, Bernie Sanders called Trump a pathological liar on ABC’s This Week.
“I think he’s a pathological liar. I really don’t think much of what he says.”
He then referenced The Donald’s claim of seeing thousands of Muslims celebrating in the street after the World Trade Center Towers fell on September 11, 2001. It’s a claim that has never been proven true. Bernie Sanders also said that no one has ever seen a tape or video of the supposed thousands of people celebrating the destruction of the towers and that’s because it simply doesn’t exist.
Trump has been muted in his criticism of Bernie Sanders until now. Bernie, when he appeared on two morning shows on Sunday, reminded viewers that the Republican frontrunner has stated that he believes wages are already too high in the United States. After the appearances, Trump hit back and called Sanders a liar.
.@BernieSanders-who blew his campaign when he gave Hillary a pass on her e-mail crime, said that I feel wages in America are too high. Lie!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2015
However, a simple internet search proves that Bernie Sanders was, indeed, telling the truth.
In a press release by the Sanders campaign, Bernie made it clear that he will not stand by and have his integrity questioned.
“Donald Trump says that I’m a liar because I said he believes wages in America are too high. Really? This is what CNN reported last Nov. 12. Trump insisted on Thursday that the U.S. must keep wages low in order to compete with other countries, one day after he dug in on his assertion that ‘wages are too high’ in America. ‘Whether it’s taxes or wages, if they’re too high we’re not going to be able to compete with other countries,’ Trump said Thursday morning on Fox News.”
The press release continued, indicating that perhaps Trump is getting nervous about Bernie Sanders’s growing popularity among potential voters.
“It appears that Mr. Trump is getting nervous that working families are catching on that his policies represent the interests of the billionaire class against almost everyone else. He refuses to support raising the minimum wage. He believes wages are too high and he wants to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the very richest families in America. That’s not an agenda that ‘makes America great.’ It’s just another Republican billionaire wanting to make the very rich richer at the expense of working families.”
Perhaps Trump has a valid reason to be nervous, as well as Hillary. In nearly every poll, Bernie Sanders beats Trump and Hillary by several points. Sanders also consistently performs better against the billionaire than Clinton, a telling sign that he is gaining steam in the run-up to the first primaries.
A recent CNN/ORC poll shows Bernie Sanders gaining four points against Clinton, who has steadily been losing ground. CNN host Chris Cuomo called it a “Santa Claus of polls.” More importantly, a recent Quinnipiac poll had Bernie Sanders leading Trump by 13 percentage points for a total of 51 percent to 38 percent.
What was once considered a fringe candidacy is now a fully-fledged campaign to be reckoned with, and Bernie Sanders appears to gaining the upper hand against his opponents.
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