Trump: ‘Open Arms’ to Sanders Supporters

Presumptive GOP nominee appeals to others who feel the system is 'rigged'

In his Tuesday night victory speech, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump slammed the Clintons and addressed the anger among Bernie Sanders supporters. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)
In his Tuesday night victory speech, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump slammed the Clintons and addressed the anger among Bernie Sanders supporters. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images)
Posted June 8, 2016 at 8:46am

Donald Trump beckoned to disappointed supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, saying in a primary night victory speech that he would represent their interests better than Hillary Clinton.  

“For all of those Bernie Sanders voters who will be left out in the cold by a rigged system of superdelegates, we welcome you with open arms,” Trump said to a crowd of cheering supporters at Trump National Golf Club Westchester in New York.

 

Trump used his first major speech since Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee to slam the former secretary of State and her husband, and to address the lingering anger among Sanders’ liberal supporters that many have likened to the groundswell that lifted Trump to the top of the Republican ticket.  

Sanders vowed to continue his campaign until the Democratic nominating convention in July despite a poor showing on Tuesday, but Trump said the Vermont independent’s supporters should rally behind him instead.

 

“The Clintons have turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves,” he said.  

Trump, who has offered few details on his policy positions and has been described over the years as a political chameleon, also said parts of his platform would parallel that of Sanders — a democratic socialist.  

“The terrible trade deals, that Bernie was so vehemently against — and he’s right on that — will be taken care of far better than anyone ever thought possible,” Trump said. “And that’s what I do. We’re going to have fantastic trade deals.”

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