Fresh off of his New Hampshire Primary win, Senator Bernie Sanders appeared on the ABC talk show “The View” for their opening panel discussion of issues. Co-host Candace Cameron Bure asked Sanders, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, to say something nice about his rivals. Some of the candidates were a little easier than others. Hillary Clinton, for example, Sanders said was “intelligent” and former colleague John Kasich was “old friend.”
When it came to Donald Trump, however, things proved to be a little more complicated. “What can I say,” Sanders looked awkwardly as the audience laughed and applauded. Cameron Bure implored further for just one nice thing as the women shouted out compliments about Trump’s tie or hair. Sanders ultimately settled on sarcasm: “Humble.” As for Ted Cruz, Sanders seemed to abandon the rules entirely and lapse into a free association of saying what he thought about the Texas Senator. “Loud!” he said rolling his eyes a bit as the women judged whether or not that was a compliment.
Sanders also discussed the crisis in Flint, Michigan, reiterating that he believes the Governor of the state should step down. “The irresponsibility there, in terms of what the state government knew and should have done and didn’t do is literally beyond comprehension.” Sanders went on to say that if the state government isn’t prepared to act, he believes that the federal government should step in.
When asked by co-host Joy Behar about the potential election spoiler if former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg were to run, Sanders didn’t hold back saying he couldn’t live with it. “If the result was that we elected some right-wing Republican as President of the United States… I would hope Mayor Bloomberg would give some thought to that.”
Near the end of the interview, the panel turned to Sander’s wife Jane who joined him in the audience. She made news Tuesday by slamming Donald Trump for calling Hillary Clinton evil. When asked how someone like Trump could win at the same time her husband did she chalked it up to an authenticity factor. “I think they find a … very surface commonality in people saying what they think and not being part of the inside crowd,” she said about the more “polished and prepared” establishment candidates.
Check out the video below:
Video 1 introduction:
Video 2 Wall Street Greed:
Video 3 Flint Water Crisis:
Video 4 Say something nice: