Bernie Sanders' campaign is picking up more momentum every day, even though the "entire Democratic Party" is working against him and he seems to be moving toward defeat, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said Thursday, one day after the Vermont senator irritably told a network anchor that he did not want to hear her "moan" to him "about Hillary Clinton's problems."
"Sanders continues to outperform Hillary Clinton in every poll and matchup against Donald Trump," said Scarborough on his "Morning Joe" program. "More importantly than that he keeps winning states. He keeps raising a lot of money, and he keeps getting massive crowds showing up at his events. We've never seen anything quite like this."
On Wednesday, Sanders snapped at NBC's Andrea Mitchell on her MSNBC program,
after she asserted that Clinton is facing two enemies, Sanders and Trump, while he looks at just fighting Clinton.
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"Andrea, in every state we have won, in 19 states we have had to take on the entire Democratic establishment," Sanders told Mitchell. We've had to take on senators and governors and mayors and members of Congress. That's what we have taken on, so please do not moan to me about Hillary Clinton's problems."
He further told her that taking on the Democratic establishment is a "steep hill to climb, but we're going to fight for every last vote that we can get, every delegate that we can get, and that's what I intend to do in the next month, five weeks."
Sanders also struck back at Mitchell's questions about Trump using his arguments against Clinton for his own attacks against the former secretary of state.
"If Donald Trump wants to take my ideas and fight for a single-payer health care program or wants to fight to make sure that the wealthiest people pay their fair share of taxes, wants to make sure that we have paid family and medical leave, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, if that's what he is supporting, I think that's a good thing and I hope Hillary Clinton does that as well," he told Mitchell. "Frankly, that's not what Donald Trump will be saying. Point is, when you run for president of the United States you've got to make your case to the American people."
Sanders also told Mitchell that he could have come out stronger against Clinton, but he hasn't, as he has chosen to run an "issue-oriented campaign. That is what the American people want."
On Thursday's "Morning Joe" program, Bloomberg Politics co-editor John Heilemann commented that Clinton faced a similar issue against Barack Obama when she campaigned for the Democratic nomination in 2008.
"You recall, she won a lot of states deep into that primary, long after Barack Obama had wrapped up the math and was going to win in terms of pledged delegates," said Heilemann. "It wasn't quite the same in the sense you never saw Clinton got to be a better candidate, got more enthusiasm as the race went on. She never had crowds like Sanders has."
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