Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Wednesday that he plans to use some of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' Democratic primary attacks against Hillary Clinton against her again in a potential general election matchup this November.
Speaking with the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" via telephone, Trump said that Sanders' message as an alternative to Clinton is "interesting" and that a lot of his attacks against the former secretary of state would make for good soundbites.
"Well, Bernie Sanders has a message that’s interesting. I’m going to be taking a lot of the things that Bernie said and using them," Trump said. "I can re-read some of his speeches. I can get some very good material."
"He said in many ways, she shouldn’t be there. He said some things about her that are actually surprising, that essentially she has no right to even be running and that she’s got bad judgment," the billionaire businessman added. "When he said 'bad judgment,' I said 'Soundbite!'"
Trump went on to continue his praise of the Vermont senator and even encouraged Sanders to launch a third-party White House run, given that he has been treated "very badly" by the Democratic Party.
"Bernie has been very effective but treated very badly by the Democrats and by the Democratic Party and frankly should run as an independent," Trump said.
Trump swept the "Acela primary" Tuesday by wide margins, winning the Republican primaries in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland and Delaware — further padding his delegate lead over rival Sen. Ted Cruz. Following his victories, the Manhattan mogul even declared himself the Republican Party's "presumptive nominee."
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