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‘That’s an ugly statement’: Bernie Sanders refuses to join Trump in calling Clinton ‘crooked Hillary’

Donald Trump gave Hillary Clinton a new nickname on Saturday while he was campaigning in Watertown, New York

‘Donald Trump is very brilliant by coming up with statements that you guys respond to,’ ‘That’s an ugly statement’ -Sanders told the Today show

‘I really could care less,’ criticizing Trump ‘for his rhetoric against Muslims, women and the disabled’ -Hillary Clinton,on ABC’s This Week

 

Bernie Sanders refused to join in on Donald Trump’s name calling this morning and label Hillary Clinton ‘Crooked Hillary.’
‘Donald Trump is very brilliant by coming up with statements that you guys respond to,’ Sanders told the Today show. ‘That’s an ugly statement.’
And Sanders denied that his own attacks on Clinton for yucking it up with Wall Street to the tune of $225,000 an appearance were at all similar to Trump’s claim that the former cabinet member’s behavior was unethical.
‘In that case the entire United States government is crooked,’ the Democratic presidential contender said. ‘We have a corrupt system.’
Bernie Sanders refused to join in on Donald Trump’s name calling this morning and label Hillary Clinton ‘Crooked Hillary.’
Bernie Sanders refused to join in on Donald Trump’s name calling this morning and label Hillary Clinton ‘Crooked Hillary.’
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Trump, the Republican frontrunner, slapped Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, with the new nickname during a campaign rally in Watertown, New York, on Saturday.
His latest concoction after the success of ‘Lyin’ Ted’ Cruz, ‘Little Marco’ Rubio and ‘low energy’ Jeb Bush, Trump implied that Clinton was ‘crooked’ because she took money from groups she’s now promising to regulate.
‘So I’m self funding. All of this is mine. When I fly in, it’s on my dime, right? It’s on mine. And what does that mean?’ Trump told his crowd. ‘that means I’m not controlled by the special interests, by the lobbyists.’
‘They can control crooked Hillary and they can control Lyin’ Ted Cruz, right?’ Trump said.
Clinton was asked about it yesterday and wouldn’t bite.
‘He can say whatever he wants to say about me, I really could care less,’ the former secretary of state told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week.
‘I don’t respond to Donald Trump and his string of insults about me,’ she said. ‘I can take care of myself.’
She added, ‘I look forward to running against him if he turns out to be the Republican nominee if I am the Democratic nominee.;
Clinton said she’s more troubled by ‘how he goes after everybody else’, too.
‘He goes after women. He goes after Muslims. He goes after immigrants. He goes afterpeople with disabilities,’ she noted.
‘He is hurting our unity at home…He is undermining the values that we stand for in New York and across America. And he’s hurting us around the world,’ she said.
Hillary Clinton said she ‘really could care less,’ when George Stephanopoulos informed her that Donald Trump had nicknamed her ‘crooked Hillary’
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Hillary Clinton said she ‘really could care less,’ when George Stephanopoulos informed her that Donald Trump had nicknamed her ‘crooked Hillary’

All the candidates are competing for votes in New York in advance of the state’s Tuesday primaries.

The latest polling has Clinton 10 points ahead.

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In a CBS/YouGov poll released Sunday Clinton is at 53 percent to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 43 percent in the state she was twice elected by to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Trump, a creature of the Manhattan real estate world, was up 33 points in the same poll against rivals Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Trump receives 54 percent support from Republicans, versus 21 percent for Cruz and 19 percent for Kasich.
During her interview with Stephanopoulos, Clinton again said she would only release her Wall Street speech transcripts only if other candidates did too.
Sanders has repeatedly hit his rival on delivering these speeches – and for taking money from Wall Street – suggesting that she’s beholden to these interests.
In turn, she’s called his assumption an ‘artful smear.’
Sanders is barred from delivering paid speeches as a member of the U.S. Senate.
Stephanopoulos asked Clinton if releasing the speeches would reveal her praising Wall Street.
‘No, I don’t have any concerns like that,’ she replied. I’m just concerned about a constantly changing set of standards for everybody else but me,’ she said.
‘You know, we have certain expectations when you run for president, one of which is release all of your tax returns, ever since you’ve been in public life,’ she said.
Clinton acknowledged that 33 years of her taxes are in the public domain.
Sanders just released his first year’s worth of tax returns this weekend.
‘Now, all of a sudden, there is a new standard,’ Clinton said of the calls to release the speeches. ‘And I’ve said when it applies to everybody, you bet I will meet that standard as well.’
Stephanopoulos reminded Clinton that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Clinton supporter, had said she would release the speeches ‘at the appropriate time.’
‘Well, in accordance with the standard that I’ve set, I absolutely will do,’ Clinton said, meaning that all the candidates, from both parties, would have to release the transcripts of any paid speeches they’ve given.
‘I absolutely will do, i will do that,’ she said. ‘I’ve said that repeatedly.’
Clinton was also asked about a piece of legislation that would pit her either against President Obama or New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who will become the Democratic leader in the Senate next year after Sen. Harry Reid retires.
The bill would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue foreign sponsors of terror in federal court.
Schumer supports it, while Obama opposes it.
Clinton pleaded ignorance.
‘I don’t really know about that, George, I’d have to look into it,’ Clinton answered.
‘Obviously, we’ve got to make anyone who participates in or supports terrorism pay a price, and we also have to be aware of any consequences that might affect Americans, either military or civilian or our nation.’
Stephanopoulos seemed surprised by her answer.
‘You don’t know about this issue? It’s been around for several years,’ he said.
‘Well I know there’s been an issue about it for quite some time, I don’t know about the specific legislation that you’re referring to. But obviously, I’ll look into it,’ she replied.
When Stephanopoulos again followed up, asking the former secretary of state if she supported or opposed the legislation, she said she didn’t know.
‘I can’t, I haven’t studied it,’ she said.
‘Unlike some people – I do try to learn what’s at the core of any question before I offer an opinion, because you know it’s not enough to say what’s wrong, I think you’ve got a responsibility to say how you’re going to fix it,’ she said, knocking both the unpreparedness of Donald Trump and the flowery language of Bernie Sanders.

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