Donald Trump accused Bernie Sanders of lying about him during the Democratic debate on Dec. 19.
At the debate, Sanders said:
“Somebody like Trump comes along and says, ‘I know the answers. The answer is that all of the Mexicans, they’re criminals and rapists. We hate all the Muslims, because all of the Muslims are terrorists.'”
Trump took offense, saying on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that “Bernie Sanders lied.”
“I mean he, he went out and said things that never took place. I didn’t say that about Mexicans. I have great relationships with the Hispanics. And I didn’t say what he said,” Trump said.
“You know, they make up things in the world of politics. They’re all talk and no action. They’re politicians.”
But Sanders refused to back down, appearing on This Week and calling Trump “a pathological liar.”
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) December 20, 2015
“I tell you, it really is rather extraordinary. I think — and I say this straightforwardly — I think you have a pathological liar there,” Sanders said, using Trump’s claim about people celebrating the fall of the Twin Towers on 9/11 as an alleged example.
“I think much of what he says are lies or gross distortions of reality. He’s been saying over and over again that he saw on television, as I understand it, thousands of people in New Jersey celebrating 9/11 right after the destruction of the Twin Towers. Either that’s true or it’s not true,” Sanders added.
“And what I understand, there have been a lot of research, they archive what goes on television. You’re a TV guy, right? Everything [that was said] was going to be archived. Either it is true [or] it is not true. Nobody has seen a tape of thousands of people celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers in New Jersey. It doesn’t exist. And he keeps claiming it. That’s called pathological lying.”
He said Trump “is playing on the fears and anxieties of the American people.”