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Bernie Sanders Rejects Comparisons to ‘TV Personality’ Donald Trump

In an appearance on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was asked by host Andrea Mitchell if there were any similarities in his presidential campaign and that of Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Although both he and Trump have exceeded expectations in the early going of the 2016 cycle, Sanders rejected that the two campaigns were similar.

“No, I don’t accept that for one moment,” Sanders said. “We are not engaged here in demagoguery. We’re not engaged here in racist attacks, outrageous attacks against Mexicans. What we are trying to do is talk about the reality facing the American people.”

Sanders went on to suggest Trump’s campaign was based on his personality, whereas his was more substantive.

“Donald Trump is a very strong TV personality,” Sanders added. “He’s very good at what he does. He’s funny, he’s articulate, but I think at the end of the day, when people focus on the kinds of programs we need, the fact that we need a mass political movement — we don’t need one person at the top. We need millions of people, young people, working people, seniors, coming together to reclaim our government.”

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