'Late Show': Bernie Sanders Talks Presidential Race, Says Donald Trump Is "Appealing" to "Racism"
"I think that is disgraceful and not something we should be doing in 2015," Sanders said of Trump's comments.
Bernie Sanders sat down with Stephen Colbert Friday night to discuss his 2016 presidential race — and Donald Trump — on the Late Show.
After being welcomed to the blue chair with the audience chanting "Bernie," the Democratic presidential hopeful, in honor of Colbert's new show, presented the host with one of his white mugs that reads "Feel the Bern."
Colbert asked Sanders if leading the polls is what he expected. "I knew that we had a message that would resonate with the American people. This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world, and yet almost all of the income and wealth is going to the top one percent and people do not feel good about that," Sanders said.
He discussed the fact that the United States is experiencing the highest rate of childhood poverty in comparison to other major countries, and that it is the only major wealthy country that doesn't provide healthcare to all people, to which he said people are asking "why?"
Senator Sanders — who considers himself a "progressive" — said that he wants a society that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, but also "a society in which all of our people can enjoy a decent standard of living and not a society in which the very rich get much richer while virtually everybody else gets poor." He said he believes the government should represent the middle class versus large campaign donors.
Sanders discussed Trump's actions when Colbert mentioned that people are equating him to the "Democratic Trump." "I think that what Trump is doing is appealing to the baser instincts among us: xenophobia, and, frankly, racism," he said. "Describing an entire group of people, in this case Mexicans, as rapists or as criminals.And that's the same old that's gone on in this country for a very long time; you target some group of people and you go after them and you take people's anger and you turn it against them and you win votes on that. I think that is disgraceful and not something we should be doing in 2015."
Sanders said his vision "goes beyond telling us that we have to go hate a group of people. What I am talking about it saying that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, there are extraordinary things that we can do when people come together — black and white, and gay and straight — and demand the government start working for all of us, not just the few."
Of not having a super PAC, Sanders said he doesn't, "because frankly I don't support the agenda of corporate America or the billionaire class. I don't want their money."
When Colbert asked how he is doing in the host's home state of South Carolina, Sanders replied, "we're working on it." Colbert quipped back, "That's what every Democrat says."