Democratic presidential candidate hopeful Bernie Sanders slammed Donald Trump for his inflammatory rhetoric during a Tuesday appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“Throughout history you have had demagogues trying to divert attention away from the real issues,” Sanders told host Jimmy Fallon. “This country today faces enormous problems. We have a middle class that’s disappearing. We have almost all new wealth and income going to the top 1 percent. We have climate change. We have a corrupt campaign finance system. What somebody like a Trump is trying to do is divide us up.”
He continued: “A few months ago we were supposed to hate Mexicans, he thinks they’re all criminals and rapists. Now we’re supposed to hate Muslims. That kind of crap is not going to work in the United States of America.”
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This week, Trump released a statement calling for the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” a policy that was widely denounced by both Republicans and Democrats.
“We have to stand together, come together, and create a decent life for all of our people, and stop this scapegoating of one group or another,” Sanders told Fallon as the audience cheered. Watch the segment below.