Jane Sanders is heavily involved with her husband Bernie Sander's campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. So much so that the Vermont senator's wife has officially responded to Donald Trump's "bait" post on Twitter, where he suggested that Sanders is being mistreated by the Democratic leadership and advised him to run as an independent in November.
"Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats -- both with delegates & otherwise. He should show them, and run as an independent," Trump wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday.
Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats—both with delegates & otherwise. He should show them, and run as an Independent!For those who are not privy to this information, although most are, a third-party run from two progressive nominees would split the progressive vote and put the already established Republican vote on top for the contest, thus nearly ensuring a victory for the GOP candidate.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2016
Jane Sanders Defines the Difference Between a Liberal & Progressive https://t.co/LWo9N5CjUZ#FeeltheBern #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/5BH286tfK0Make no mistake – Jane Sanders and Bernie Sanders are no fools. But Trump was clearly trying to rile up his supporters into starting a movement for the Vermont senator to run as an independent. Although most of his supporters are very knowledgeable about the election process, some are still pointing toward a third-party bid for the general election in November. But most are also banking on Donald Trump himself making a third-party run for the conservative vote so that both sides are equally split and thus would leave a path to victory for Sanders in the general election.
— The Socialist Times (@Socialist_Times) April 17, 2016
So now that Jane Sanders has had a chance to weigh in on Donald Trump's Twitter comment, she spoke with CNN and gave her official response on behalf of her husband Bernie.
.@janeosanders rejects Donald Trump's advice: "Bernie will not be running as an independent" https://t.co/doyESSP9NQ https://t.co/5RLWPlv1zA"We've been very clear right from the beginning that we will not play the role of spoiler," Jane Sanders told CNN. "The reason that he was active and he decided to run in the Democratic Party was just that: We cannot afford a Republican in the White House. We cannot afford a Republican appointing Supreme Court justices. So Bernie will not be running as an independent."
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 26, 2016
Bernie Sanders has often been criticized, mainly by supporters of Hillary Clinton, for not being a Democrat. While it is true that Sanders has ran all of his campaigns as an independent, he is considered a progressive liberal who has routinely caucused with the Democrats throughout his Senate career.
DR. JANE SANDERS - Full Interview With CENK UYGURhttps://t.co/HwzXe88k2i … … pic.twitter.com/HGz3g3B3W1But to be fair, Bernie Sanders could have run as an independent from the very beginning. Furthermore, he has actually done the Democrats a favor by caucusing with them, allowing a path for himself to take the victory without the threat of splitting the progressive vote and leaving the Republicans with the White House in November.
— Most Awesome One (@mostawesomeblog) April 17, 2016
Tonight's primary contest is a big opportunity for Bernie Sanders to close the gap with Hillary Clinton. Sanders recently lost a contest in New York, which has fallen under intense scrutiny following the revelation that over 100,000 voters had been purged from the voting lists in Brooklyn. He lost the state, even though he won a lion's share of the counties in it.
Jane Sanders on reports Bernie Sanders will "reassess" campaign tonight: "No … we're in it until the convention." https://t.co/27pEPiJGpTJane Sanders has vocally echoed her husband's sentiments about staying the course and etching out a path to victory in the party. But there is definitely a rough road ahead of them. A couple of the big state primary contests ahead of them that could be the major deciding factors in the campaign are Indiana and California.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 26, 2016
Jane Sanders: We won't release our back tax returns until Clinton releases her speeches https://t.co/M4MGcLCkFg https://t.co/dEYIEf4nEX"I think we have a shot in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island. Maybe Delaware. I think Maryland's going to be tougher for us," Bernie Sanders told CNN's Chris Cuomo.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 26, 2016
Although Donald Trump has his own set of problems over on the GOP side, he has been somewhat vague about his declaration on whether or not he would run as a third-party candidate in November, should the party deny his candidacy for the GOP nominee.
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