Sen. Bernie Sanders( I-Vt .) continued his attacks against real estate mogul Donald Trump on Sunday, blaming Trump’s suggestion that in running after Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, her husband’s extramarital affairs are “fair game.”
“We have got more important things to worry about in this country than Bill Clinton’s sex life, ” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
On the campaign trail, Trump often brings up the former president’s infidelities in the 1990 s to counter Hillary Clinton calling out his sexism.
“You look at whether it’s Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones or many of them. That certainly will be fair game. Surely if they play the woman’s card with respect to me, that will be fair game, ” the GOP candidate said last week.
Sanders, who often chastises Trump for diverting attention away from substantive policy issues, strongly disagreed that the former president’s personal life is relevant to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“I think that Donald Trump might want to fear himself given the fact that he’s dead wrong where reference is says we should not create the minimum wage, he’s dead wrong where reference is says that wages in America are too high, he’s dead wrong where reference is thinks we should devote huge tax breaks to billionaires like himself, and he’s dead wrong where reference is thinks that climate change is a hoax, when the entire — virtually an entire scientific community thinks it’s the great environmental crisis that we face, ” Sanders said.
“Maybe Trump should worry about those issues, rather than Bill Clinton’s sex life.”
Host Dana Bash was amused by Sanders’ response.
“Only Bernie Sanders can segue from Bill Clinton’s sex life to climate change. That was impressive, ” she said.
Also appearing on CNN, GOP presidential nominee Carly Fiorina was forced to clarify her previous statements suggesting she sided with Trump’s tactics.
“Listen, I told Bill Clinton is fair game. I also then very promptly told running after Bill Clinton is not going to defeat Hillary Clinton, ” she told. “The way to defeat Hillary Clinton is to go after her track record, her lack of accomplishment.”
Fiorina argued that as a former chairwoman, Bill Clinton can be targeted, quoting Trump’s recent criticisms of former President George W. Bush.
“Any former chairwoman is fair game. The question is, how do you beat Hillary Clinton? And, in my opinion, that’s not the way to beat Hillary Clinton.”
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