In a secret video, President Donald Trump talked about how Bernie Sanders was the only VP that he didn’t want Hillary Clinton to pick, because the election would have been much tougher with Sanders on the ticket. The video is included below.
On January 25, 2020, Mother Jones released a full video of President Donald Trump talking to his associates about the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanavitch. The discussion, in April 2018, was recorded by Lev Parnas and released by one of his attorneys. The full video is more than an hour long, and while everyone is talking about Trump’s comments about Yovanavitch, there’s an interesting discussion about 55 minutes in where Trump talks about Bernie Sanders. He says that he would have a much tougher time beating Hillary Clinton if she had picked Sanders as her vice presidential candidate. Then he and the group talk about how they hope Joe Biden will run this time and they laugh. Read on for more details and to see the video.
Trump Says He Would Have Had a Tougher Time Beating Clinton if Sanders Was the VP
Trump talks almost admiringly at some points about Bernie Sanders, admitting that he believes he would have faced a much tougher election if Hillary Clinton had picked Sanders as her VP. You can start listening at 54:00 in the video below, although Trump’s part starts closer to 55:00 in. The video is timed to a little bit earlier than that, so just skip ahead to the relevant section.
The associates with Trump first talk about how they believe the DNC was rigged and how Sanders could have beat Clinton. Trump then goes on to talk about how some people switched from Sanders to him because of their stances on trade.
You can then hear Trump saying “…Bernie as Vice President it would have been tougher… But I think Bernie, because all of those people that hated her so much, who voted for me, you know I got 20% of Bernie votes because of trade. Because he’s a big trade…he basically says we’re getting screwed on trade and he’s right. I’m worse than he is… and we can do something about it…
Then he goes back to address Clinton and Sanders again and mentions at the end that maybe she would have lost some votes from the establishment Democrats if she had picked Sanders.
“If she had picked Bernie Sanders, it would have been tougher, the only one I didn’t want her to pick. … Now then you say, people say no it would have been easier, because then her sort of establishment normal Democrats [hard to hear] … she may have lost a lot of votes too.”
Then some of Trump’s associates talked about how Sanders should have gone crazy, presumably after what happened with the DNC. Trump says: “It is funny how he [Bernie] has not gone crazy.” The quote is especially interesting, since on Twitter Trump likes to refer to Sanders as “Crazy Bernie” quite a bit.
Then Trump and his associates talk about whether or not Sanders will run again, and Trump concludes that he probably will because he does a lot of television appearances.
After that, they all laugh about how they hope Joe Biden will run against Trump.
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