Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is now the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential election, said during the 2016 primary campaign that Donald Trump is “nobody’s fool” and that he knows how to “manipulate the media” to his advantage.
“But all I am saying is that Trump is nobody’s fool,” Sanders said in a March 30, 2106 appearance on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show.”
“He knows how to manipulate the media and you say an absurd thing and the media is all over it,” said Sanders.
Sanders argued that when the media puts a significant focus on a “stupid remark” by Trump, it ignores more substantive issues and “creates the climate for people like Donald Trump to do much better than he really has a right to do.”
Here is the transcript from part of Sanders’s appearance on “The Rachel Maddow Show” where he talks about Trump manipulating the media:
Bernie Sanders: “I am saying that every day he comes up with another stupid remark, absurd remark, of course it should be mentioned.”
“But so should Trump’s overall positions. How much talk do we hear about climate change, Rachel? And Trump? Any?”
Rachel Maddow: “He said that he cares more about nuclear climate change, which is a term that he`s invented.”
Sanders: “Nuclear climate change?”
Maddow: “That’s his—”
Sanders: “Oh, my God—”
Maddow: “That’s what he comes up with when he`s asked on the subject.”
Sanders: “I see. But all I am saying is that Trump is nobody`s fool. He knows how to manipulate the media and you say an absurd thing and the media is all over it.
“And my concern is that today in America, you’ve got millions of people who are struggling economically.
“They want to know how we`re going to expand the middle class. Overwhelmingly, people think we should raise the minimum wage.
“Vast majority of people think climate change is real and a threat to our planet. They want to do something about that.
“What do we do? Vast majority of the people think the wealthiest people in this country should start paying their fair share of taxes.
“But if we don`t discuss those issues, it creates the climate for people like Donald Trump to do much better than he really has a right to do.”