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Bernie Sanders: Donald Trump's crap won't work in the United States of America

Published 10/12/2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders accused Donald Trump of deliberately trying to divide the US with his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country.

Speaking on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon the senator said: "What somebody like a Trump is trying to do is to divide us up.

"A few months ago, we're supposed to hate Mexicans; now we're supposed to hate Muslims.

"That kind of crap is not going to work in the United States of America. Throughout history, you’ve had demagogues trying to divert attention away from the real issues."

Mr Trump has the Republican party in turmoil over his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US following last week's mass shooting by an Islamic militant couple that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.

Sanders added: "This country today faces some enormous problems. You know, we have a middle class that is disappearing. We have almost the wealth and income going to the top 1 percent. We have climate change. We have a corrupt campaign finance system.

"I think what the American people understand is, given the problems we face, we’ve got to stand together, come together and create a decent life for all of our people and stop the scapegoating of one group or another."

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