GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders should pull his endorsement for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Bernie should pull his endorsement of Crooked Hillary after she decieved [sic] him and then attacked him and his supporters,” Trump tweeted late on Sunday.
The tweet followed a leaked audio file from a February Clinton fundraiser, in which she is heard making remarks about Sanders’ supporters, conceived insulting by many of his fans.
“They’re children of the Great Recession,” said the former secretary of state in regard to the Vermont senator’s fans. “And they are living in their parents’ basement. They feel they got their education, and the jobs that are available to them are not at all what they envisioned for themselves.”
Sanders subsequently appeared on CNN, defending his ally, however, noting that he had been bothered by Clinton’s attempt to show that he was selling “false promise” to supporters in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.
“There are young people who went deeply into debt, worked very hard to get a good education, and yet get out of school and can’t get decent jobs … and are living in their parents’ basements. There is a point there,” noted the senator, further asserting that his supporters should still vote for the former first lady.
This is not the first time that Trump is appealing to Sanders’ fans. When hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee showed that it had favored Clinton during primaries, the real estate mogul called on Sanders’ supporters to turn to him.