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Bernie Sanders: 'Trump Is Very Smart

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"This is more of an indictment of the media, actually."

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) said that GOP front-runner Donald Trump is “very smart” during an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday.

Cuomo listed several of Trump’s recent controversial statements and asked Sanders, “Why is it working so well for him?”

“Well, Chris, you’re gong to have to ask the media precisely why,” Sanders said. “I mean, Trump is a smart guy, he’s a media guy. He did a TV show.”

Sanders said that the controversy constantly surrounding Trump generates more coverage and airtime for him on the news.

"I think it has to do with the fact that Trump is very smart," Sanders said. "He knows that media is not so interested in the serious issues facing this country. They love, you know, bombastic remarks, they love silly remarks. If he says that somebody is sweating, my God, that is a major story. And all that silly business, the personal attacks, that kind of works."

"So, I think this is more of an indictment of the media, actually, than it is of Trump," he said.

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