Trump bashing starts early in Dem debate, Sanders blasts the president as ‘racist’ and ‘phony’

The Donald Trump bashing started after only about 10 minutes during Thursday night’s Democratic presidential primary debate.

After Wednesday night’s debate turned into nothing more than viral gaffes from both the candidates on the stage and the hosting network, candidates did their best on Thursday night to focus their energy on President Trump.

(Screenshot from NBC News)

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) kicked off the Trump bashing when he was asked whether American voters would buy into the socialist policies he is pushing in a general election against Trump.

After claiming to be polling 10 points above Trump, Sanders said, “The American people understand that Trump is a phony, that Trump is a pathological liar, and a racist, and that he lied to the American people during his campaign.”

Sanders added, “He said he was going to stand up for working families. Well, President Trump, you’re not standing up for working families when you try to throw 32 million people off of their healthcare.”

The Vermont senator said his strategy for beating Trump is to “expose him for the fraud that he is.”

What’s actually impressive about the nonsense pushed by Sanders is how many extreme leftist talking points he managed to fit into such a short period of time. He managed to call Trump a racist and a phony in the same breath.

While Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) pandered on Wednesday night by busting out partly Spanish answers to questions, Sanders pandered on Thursday night by playing to the extreme left with low-hanging fruit insults against Trump that are more fitting being pushed by Twitter trolls than presidential candidates.

While the insults against Trump are nothing new, it is sad to see someone running for president push them as part of their platform. Anybody running for president should hold themselves to a higher standard.

With 25 people officially running to receive the Democrat Party presidential nomination, only 20 took part in the first debate events. The Democratic National Committee and NBC News split the 20 candidates into two groups.

Of the first group on Wednesday night, Elizabeth Warren was the only one polling in the top five.

The 10 candidates on the stage at Wednesday’s debate were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Julián Castro, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan (D-OH), John Delaney and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).

That debate had its own embarrassing moments including technical difficulties — which were mocked by President Donald Trump — and multiple candidates leaving viewers scratching their heads when they partly answered questions in Spanish.

Thursday night’s debate included more top contenders like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA).

The full list of candidates at Thursday’s debate is Biden, Sanders, Harris, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Hickenlooper, Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang.

The debate took place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida and was broadcast by NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.

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