Sen. Bernie Sanders is not known for being coy.
And when it comes to Donald Trump’s call for banning all Muslims from coming to the United States, he let it rip on The Tonight Show with host Jimmy Fallon earlier this week.
“What are your comments or what is your take on what he is doing?” Fallon asked Sanders, a Vermont Democrat who is running for president.
“Throughout history we’ve had the demagogues trying to divert attention away from the real issues,” Sanders said. “What somebody like Trump is trying to do is to divide us up. A few months ago we were supposed to hate Mexicans, and he thinks they are all criminals and rapists. And now we are supposed to hate Muslims, and that kind of crap is not going to work in the United States of America.”
“I think what the American people understand given the problems that we face [is that] we’ve got to stand together, come together and create a decent life for all of our people and stop this scapegoating of one group or another,” Sanders said.
Trump has continued to defend his views on banning Muslims despite the outcry, even from his own party.
If the real estate mogul becomes the GOP nominee, Sanders says, he would be ready to take him on.
“I look forward to beating Donald Trump. I will enjoy that race very, very much.”
“But first we’ve got to get past Secretary Clinton,” he added, “and I think we will do that as well.”
Another presidential candidate, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, dispensed with diplomacy when blasting Trump for his vow to keep all Muslims out if he were to become president.
"You know how you make America great again? Tell Donald Trump to go to hell," Graham said during an interview on CNN.
Graham was making reference to Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”
"You know how you win this war? You side with people in the faith who reject this ideology, which is 99 percent," Graham said about beating Islamic State and other terrorists.
"He's a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot," Graham said. "He doesn't represent my party. He doesn't represents the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for."