Donald Trump Says Bernie Sanders Should Run as an Independent

Says Sanders has been 'treated terribly' by Democrats
By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
April 26, 2016 1:14 pm Last Updated: April 26, 2016 3:00 pm

Donald Trump said that Bernie Sanders should run as an independent, citing “terrible” treatment by the Democratic party.

Trump’s comments come two days after Sanders made comments on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” suggesting that the Democratic party has not been fair to him:

“Do you think this process has been fair to you? The Democratic nomination process?” moderator Chuck Todd asked Sanders.

“Yes and no,” Sanders said, criticizing the media’s role in neglecting to focus on “real issues facing America.” The media, he said, emphasizes “political gossip” rather than “issues that affect working people.”

“So it sounds like the party, though, you feel like’s been fair to you?” Todd asked Sanders, according to Politico.

“No,” Sanders responded. “I think we have—look, we’re taking on the establishment. That’s pretty clear.”

He continued, 

“But you know, that’s the way it is. We knew we were taking on the establishment,” he said. “And here we are. So [I’m] not complaining.”

Todd then asked Sanders if he felt he was “given a fair shot” at the Democratic nomination.

“Yeah, we took advantage of the opportunities in front of us. We are in this race. We are not writing our obituary,” Sanders said. “We’re in this race to California, and we’re proud of the campaign we ran.”

Sanders’s campaign, who acknowledges Sanders as being the “”the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history,” has said that the Vermont Senator will remain a Democrat after the election. 

“If Sen. Sanders is not the nominee, will he stay in the Democratic Party forever now,” Bloomberg Politics’ Mark Halperin asked.

“Well, he is a Democrat. He’s said he’s a Democrat, and he’s gonna be [supporting] the Democratic nominee, whoever that is,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver told Bloomberg Politics’ “With All Due Respect.”

“But he’s a member of the Democratic Party now for life?” Halperin pressed.

“Yes, he is,” Weaver said. “Yes, he is.”

Trump cited Bernie Sanders on April 21 when calling Hillary Clinton unqualified, although he has also said that Sanders’s campaign is finished