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At tonight’s Democratic town hall, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton got to let off a little steam after a long day of subtweeting each other incessantly. And for Bernie Sanders, that meant laying into one of his favorite targets—Donald Trump.
When asked by Anderson Cooper what he would say to independent voters wavering between him and Trump, Sanders went into what’s quickly becoming a familiar refrain about Trump’s wild racism and questionable economic policies (a strict $7.25 an hour minimum wage with massive tax breaks for the highest earners).
But then Bernie started to have a little fun:
Trump is, as you know, a well-known scientist—brilliant scientist. And he has concluded after years of studying the issue that climate change is a hoax *dramatic pause* brought to us by the Chinese. Now, that shocked me, Anderson, because I thought that he would have thought it was a hoax brought to us by the Mexicans or the Muslims—Chinese I didn’t quite get.
... So I think—and I would love the opportunity, frankly, I’m prejudiced—I want Trump to win the Republican nomination. And I would love the opportunity to run against him. I think we would win by a lot.
The Chinese-hoax comment Bernie’s referring to is—just like all of Donald Trump’s key policy platforms—encapsulated in a tweet. This tweet:
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012