Donald Trump Declines Debate, Bernie Sanders Continues Campaign In California

Reports from the Associated Press have been pulled claiming that Stephen Hawking said on ITV Monday that he doesn't understand why Donald Trump appeals to so many American voters. This comes at the same time that Bernie Sanders is asking why Donald Trump backed out of a debate that the GOP Presidential Nominee recently agreed to on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump now have at least one thing in common: they backed out of a California debate against Bernie Sanders. While the 74-year-old Senator continues to fight for the chance to face Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election, did the 74-year-old theoretical physicist continue to blast the real estate mogul, calling the potential President of the United States of Ameria a "demagogue" on British television?
The U.S. News & World Report noted that "the comments were taped to be shown at a later date" and note that Hawking never said those things at all. Regardless of what was said in the United Kingdom, the Bernie Sanders campaign continues as the senator from Vermont makes stops this week in Oakland, Palo Alto, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Emeryville. The California primary is Tuesday, June 7.

Campaigning on Memorial Day, Sanders started things off at the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland at noon. Two hours later, a rally was held for Sanders in front of Oakland City Hall. He was accompanied in Oakland by actor Danny Glover, who appeared in the Lethal Weapon franchise and the film The Color Purple.

On Tuesday, the Sanders campaign will try to drum up support in Emeryville, Santa Cruz, and Monterey. Wednesday, Bernie Sanders will stop in Palo Alto. A rally is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the Cubberly Community Center.

California has a total of 546 Democratic delegates. Other states voting on June 7 include Montana (27), New Jersey (142), New Mexico (43), and South Dakota (25). North Dakota (23) will hold their caucus on June 7 as well.


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Last week, Jimmy Kimmel had both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on his late night talk show. He allowed both men to leave a question that the host would ask the other's potential opponent. Trump was on Kimmel's show Wednesday night. Reminding everyone that Hillary Clinton had already pulled out of her California debate with Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed democratic socialist asked Trump if he'd be willing to debate in California. Trump seemed to accept.

"If I debated him, we would have such high ratings and I think I should take that money and give it to some worthy charity, okay? If he paid a nice sum towards a charity, I would love to do that."
But as Bernie Sanders and Bill Maher discussed on HBO's Real Time, Trump has since backed out.

Maher also asked Sanders a question that many people have been asking. Why does it matter if Bernie Sanders wins California, the biggest state in the country?

"I would think that it would say to the establishment that the people are sick and tired of establishment politics and economics, and they want real change in this country."
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, doesn't consider Sanders a threat and is not campaigning in California. On Monday, Hillary was joined by husband Bill as they marched in the Memorial Day parade in Chappaqua, New York. The Clinton campaign continues to deal with the ramification of the e-mail scandal.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton with husband Bill before the parade in Chappaqua for Memorial Day (photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images).

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are head-to-head nationwide, according to the latest data from Real Clear Politics, which shows Clinton leading Trump by just one point. The same polling data shows Sanders beating Trump by more than 10 points.

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