Bernie Sanders's supporters will turn their loyalty to Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump once their candidate decides to leave the race, as both the outsider candidates are fighting toward many of the same goals, Trump campaign manager Barry Bennett said Wednesday.
"They've been talking about a lot of the same things — government that not only doesn't help people but doesn't seem to care, trade deals and export jobs, profit strangled overseas, government ineptitude, the heroin problem flooding across the border from Mexico," Bennett told Fox News' "America's Newsroom"
program. "These things don't get taken care of. It is a very much an anti-Washington message that they both share."
Bennett noted that according to the latest polls, "40 percent of the Sanders voters say they won't vote for Hillary. We don't need 40 percent of them obviously, 4 percent would be fantastic, but I think we do quite well."
And like Trump, Sanders is not getting the support of his own party's establishment members, said Bennett. Many Republicans turned their support to Trump once it became apparent that he would be the presumptive nominee, but that hasn't happened with Sanders.
Further, he said, many of Sanders' supporters are not "really Democrats. They are unaffiliated, their first time voters, first time donors and they are sick of Washington so it's very different."
And now that Clinton "just became the nominee last night," the Trump campaign has several attacks planned, said Bennett.
"We're going to talk to her about the [Clinton] Foundation, what she did at State, what she did previously," said Bennett. "The 'ATM' they created from the Clinton Foundation, all that kind of stuff. We'll be talking about it a lot."
Meanwhile, Bennett was in on a phone call between Trump and his surrogates, when they were told to defend his attacks on a U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage
, question the judge's credibility, and challenge reporters and denied the conversation was "contentious."
"There was a lot of downloading of facts [that] a lot of the surrogates had never heard before," said Bennett. "[There are] 19,000 cases of people who loved the [Trump University] class available online and in public record. The history of the law firm that brought it to suit, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit got out of the case, yet the judge kept the trial going. All the things which were new information to a lot of us and are very helpful."
But Bennett said he'd "much rather talk about Hillary Clinton's record" than the Trump University case and Trump's comments on the judge.
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