- Jimmy Kimmel Live
Sen. Bernie Sanders isn’t buying Donald Trump’s apparent concern about his candidacy.
On Thursday evening, comedian Jimmy Kimmel read Sanders a message that Trump apparently shared with Kimmel when he appeared on Kimmel’s show the night before.
In the message, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Sanders had “been treated very unfairly” and asked whether the Vermont senator would mount an independent bid for the presidency if he failed to win the Democratic nomination.
Sanders didn’t take the bait.
“Well, I think there’s a little bit of self-service there,” Sanders said. “You don’t think he’s really worried about me?”
He added, sarcastically: “I really do appreciate his concern for me. I know it comes straight from his heart.”
Trump has repeatedly urged Sanders to mount a third-party bid, contending that Sanders hasn’t been afforded a fair shot at the Democratic nomination.
Trump has acknowledged, however, that he has benefited from Sanders’ prolonged fight with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner who holds a nearly insurmountable lead in pledged delegates, superdelegates, and total votes.
“I don’t want to hit Crazy Bernie Sanders too hard yet because I love watching what he is doing to Crooked Hillary. His time will come!” Trump tweeted earlier this year.
In a “Morning Joe” interview in April, Trump suggested that he would borrow some of Sanders’ attacks against Clinton, which he said had been effective.
“Bernie Sanders has a message that’s interesting,” Trump said. “I’m going to be taking a lot of the things that Bernie said and using them.”
He added: “I can reread some of his speeches and I can get some very good material.”