Donald Trump: ‘I Hate To Hit Bernie’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves during a campaign stop, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (
AP/Matt Rourke
Columbia, South Carolina

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump says he might just rather run against self-proclaimed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) than Hillary Clinton in the general election.

“I hate to hit Bernie,” Trump said when a supporter asked about people supporting a socialist running for president during Trump’s town hall in Pawleys Island, South Carolina on Friday afternoon. “I’d much rather go against him.”

Trump joked he would like to run against and beat both Clinton and Sanders, but said Clinton is “pandering” to President Obama, but she doesn’t even like him.

Trump delivered a short speech then took questions from his audience.

One person asked Trump his stance on the coal industry.

“We, right now, are destroying an industry,” he responded. “My stance on coal is very positive, unlike Obama where he is closing all of the mines, all of the miners.”

Trump said environmentalists love using the windmills as a source of power, “yet they kill all the birds.”

“It’s crazy,” he added. “Then, the environmentalists say how great they are.”

“They really litter the landscape in my opinion,” he added.