Bernie Sanders Slams Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric


Bernie Sanders appeared Tuesday on the Tonight Show, where he slammed Donald Trump for distracting Americans away from real problems with divisive rhetoric, especially in light of the Republican front-runner’s recent call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

“What somebody like Trump is trying to do is divide us up,” Sanders told Jimmy Fallon. “A few months ago we were supposed to hate Mexicans. He thinks they’re all criminals and rapists. Now he think we’re supposed to hate Muslims. That kind of crap is not going to work in the United States of America.”

“I think what the American people understand is that given the problems we face, 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,” he continued.

Sanders’ response drew a raucous applause from the audience.

Trump’s proposal on Monday to prevent Muslims from entering the country has sparked widespread rebuke from both Democrats and Republicans. Despite the condemnation, the business magnate continues to support the plan.

Thank you!

We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

Thank you!

We didn't know what to expect when we told you we needed to raise $400,000 before our fiscal year closed on June 30, and we're thrilled to report that our incredible community of readers contributed some $415,000 to help us keep charging as hard as we can during this crazy year.

You just sent an incredible message: that quality journalism doesn't have to answer to advertisers, billionaires, or hedge funds; that newsrooms can eke out an existence thanks primarily to the generosity of its readers. That's so powerful. Especially during what's been called a "media extinction event" when those looking to make a profit from the news pull back, the Mother Jones community steps in.

The months and years ahead won't be easy. Far from it. But there's no one we'd rather face the big challenges with than you, our committed and passionate readers, and our team of fearless reporters who show up every day.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate

We have a new comment system! We are now using Coral, from Vox Media, for comments on all new articles. We'd love your feedback.