Sanders to Trump Voters: Why Vote for Somebody Who Lies?
Sen. Bernie Sanders asked American voters during a Tuesday night town hall in Kenosha, Wisconsin, why they would vote for Donald Trump if they knew he was openly lying.
The Hill reports:
Sanders and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes spoke with Trump voters in a town hall in Kenosha, Wis., about the 2016 election.
Asked about Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S., several supporters said Trump just suggests controversial policies for attention and isn’t serious.
Sanders minced no words with his reply.
“Why do you vote for somebody who, in a sense then, is lying?”
Several Trump supporters speaking with Sanders said they would not support a Muslim ban, despite Trump touting it early in his campaign.
“I would never want to see anyone thrown out just because of their beliefs. I mean, that’s awful, no,” one supporter said.
“A lot of what he says is unimplementable rhetoric just to gain attention,” another said.
Sanders said Trump won the election because “there’s a lot of pain in this country,” especially in the middle class, that he was able to tap into.
“One of the arguments as to why Trump won is the belief that most or many of his supporters are sexists or racists or homophobes,” Sanders said. “I happen not to believe that’s the case. I think what he did do is he said, ‘You know what, there’s a lot of pain in this country, people are scared and people are worried.’ People are tired of status quo politics. He broke through that.”
Throughout Sanders’ Democratic primary bid, he denounced income inequality and advocated for economic reform. Sanders backed Hillary Clinton after she won the Democratic nomination.
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