Trump: Bernie Sanders Should Run As An Independent, Has Been Mistreated By Democrats

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Donald Trump said Bernie Sanders has been "treated very badly" by the Democratic party and should run as an independent on Wednesday's broadcast of Morning Joe. Trump says he is "going to be taking a lot of the things that Bernie [has] said and using them" in a general election fight against Hillary Clinton. Trump praised Sanders, calling his speeches "very good material."

"Bernie Sanders has a message that's interesting," Trump said on MSNBC. "I'm going to be taking a lot of the things that Bernie said and using them. I can re-read some of his speeches and I can get some very good material. He said, you know, in many ways she shouldn't be there. He said some things about her that are actually surprising, you know, that essentially she has no right to even be running and she's got bad judgment. When she said - when he said bad judgment, I said, sound bite. But Bernie has been very effective, been treated very badly by the Democrats and by the Democratic party and, frankly, should run as an independent, I think."

Transcript, via MSNBC:

TRUMP: She's - she's guilty. Everybody knows she's guilty, but they don't want to - they don't want to go after her. I -- it's going to be an interesting thing, but she's got a problem because people at the far left are sitting in jail cells.

BRZEZINSKI: I don't think she's guilty...

(CROSSTALK)

SCARBOROUGH: So, you said Hillary Clinton was shouting her message. I think Bernie Sanders shouts his message, too, right?

TRUMP: Well, Bernie Sanders has a message that's interesting. I'm going to be taking a lot of the things that Bernie said and using them. I can re-read some of his speeches and I can get some very good material. He said, you know, in many ways she shouldn't be there. He said some things about her that are actually surprising, you know, that essentially she has no right to even be running and she's got bad judgment. When she said - when he said bad judgment, I said, sound bite. But Bernie has been very effective, been treated very badly by the Democrats and by the Democratic party and, frankly, should run as an independent, I think.

NICOLE WALLACE, FMR. COMM. DIR. TO PRES. BUSH: That would work out great for Republicans.

BRZEZINSKI: Nicole.

SCARBOROUGH: By - by the way, Nicole - Nicole is here, and her parents were texting her furiously all last night, a good night for Nicole's mother and father.

BRZEZINSKI: Yes, they're - they're very - cheered (ph).

TRUMP: Well, congratulate them. They -- I like - I like Nicole's parents.

WALLACE: They - pass along the same to you.

TRUMP: Nicole is a very beautiful, nice woman, but I like her parents perhaps better.

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