Even though Sen. Bernie Sanders is supporting Hillary Clinton after the Democratic National Committee email scandal , Donald Trump is using it as a way to try to pry supporters way from the Vermont independent.
Trump is fanning the flames of the leaked internal committee emails by saying that Clinton rigged the system from the beginning and that Sanders did not have a chance to win — a common refrain among Sanders supporters who say DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz gamed the primary system in Clinton's favor.
Crooked Hillary Clinton knew everything that her "servant" was doing at the DNC - they just got caught, that's all! They laughed at Bernie.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
Here we go again with another Clinton scandal, and e-mails yet (can you believe). Crooked Hillary knew the fix was in, B never had a chance! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
The State of Florida is so embarrassed by the antics of Crooked Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz that they will vote for CHANGE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
In a series of tweets, Trump, hoping to wedge Sanders supporters away from their candidate, said the former Democratic presidential contender had turned into a "pathetic figure."
There is no longer a Bernie Sanders "political revolution." He is turning out to be a weak and somewhat pathetic figure,wants it all to end! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016
Sorry folks, but Bernie Sanders is exhausted, just can't go on any longer. He is trying to dismiss the new e-mails and DNC disrespect. SAD! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016
Even though Bernie Sanders has lost his energy and his strength, I don't believe that his supporters will let Crooked Hillary off the hook!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2016
If Bernie Sanders, after seeing the just released e-mails, continues to look exhausted and done, then his legacy will never be the same. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2016
But Sanders didn't take Trump's bait and he thinks neither will most of his supporters.
The senator live tweeted some of his anger toward Trump during the Republican nominee's speech before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Thursday.
What a hypocrite! If Trump wants to "fix" trade he can start by making his products in the US, not low-wage countries abroad. #RNCwithBernie— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016
Trump’s economic plan: same old, same old trickle-down economics. Pathetic. #RNCwithBernie — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016
Sanders also went on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday to unequivocally state that, "Trump has got to be defeated."
"I think the vast majority of our supporters understand that in Donald Trump, and I say this not happily, you have somebody who lies all the time. Somebody who wins his campaign by vicious attacks against his opponents," Sanders said.
"But I think most of my supporters understand Trump has got to be defeated," he added. "We need to elect as many progressive as possible and we need to continue the fight to create an agenda which works for working families and not just for wealthy campaign contributors."
The Vermont independent is going to speak to the Democratic National Convention Monday night where he is expected to outline his progressive agenda and to reaffirm his support for Clinton.