He talks with Seth Meyers about why we should get beyond personalities and whether we like or dislike a candidate, why Hillary Clinton’s policies are far superior to those of Donald Trump, where the Democratic party has failed, and what it still needs to do. Elsewhere, Sanders said that Trump’s campaign was based on bigotry and his focus on president Obama’s birth certificate was emblematic of that.
Sanders recalled how Trump was “the leader of the so-called birther movement. And what the birther movement was about…was not being critical of Obama. This is a democracy. We can criticize Obama. It was delegitimizing the first African-American president in the history of our country. And the reason for that was clear.”
The reason, Sanders said, is that “There are racists in this country who could never accept the fact that we had a black president. And that’s what Trump was trying to do, delegitimize the president, not disagree with him.”
As a result, the senator said, “I think this is part of his entire campaign of bigotry. It’s against Muslims. It’s against Mexicans, attacking women’s — women, you know. It is not acceptable for a candidate for president of the United States to be arguing whether or not our president was born in this country.