Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is not one to shy away from voicing his personal opinions. Neither is Donald Trump.
However, that's where the similarities between the two presidential candidates stop - according to Mr. Sanders anyway. In an interview with The New York Times, Sanders slammed Trump for his comments about Mexicans during his announcement speech:
“I think Donald Trump’s views on immigration and his slurring of the Latino community is not something that should be going on in the year 2015, and it’s to me an embarrassment for our country.”
Sanders also kept it brief when Times writer Ana Marie Cox asked about the media's obsession with Hillary Clinton's hair:
“O.K., Ana, I don’t mean to be rude here. I am running for president of the United States on serious issues, O.K.? Do you have serious questions?”
“That showed such weakness, the way he was taken away by two young women — the microphone... That will never happen with me. I don't know if I'll do the fighting myself or if other people will, but that was a disgrace. I felt badly for him. But it showed that he's weak”
The senator from Vermont also showed little concern for the hashtag #BernieSoBlack, a snarky response from black activists that feel Sanders' does not truly have an interest in the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. He again focused on the issue:
“...clearly, as a nation, we have to move away from a situation where black women are dragged out of their cars, thrown to the ground, assaulted and then die in jail three days later for the crime of not signaling a lane change.”
As Sanders holds on to a small lead in New Hampshire polls, it will be interesting to see whether he will stick to his no-nonsense form of interviewing.