Donald Trump believes that the DNC have treated Bernie Sanders very badly.
So much so that he tweeted that he should run as an Independent.
Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats—both with delegates & otherwise. He should show them, and run as an Independent!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 26, 2016
It is very doubtful that Bernie would run as an Independent but it would add an interesting dynamic to the contest. For his part though, Sanders does agree that the party has been unfair to him. He was asked by Chuck Todd on Meet the Press,
“Do you think this process has been fair to you? The Democratic nomination process?”
“Yes and no,” Sanders said, complaining that the media neglected “real issues facing America.” The media, he said, emphasizes “political gossip” rather than “issues that affect working people.”
“So it sounds like the party, though, you feel like’s been fair to you?” Todd asked Sanders.
“No,” Sanders responded. “I think we have— look, we’re taking on the establishment. That’s pretty clear.”
Pointing to the Democratic debate schedule, of which three of the first four took place on weekend nights, Sanders said they were “scheduled — pretty clearly, to my mind, at a time when there would be minimal viewing audience— et cetera, et cetera.”
“But you know, that’s the way it is. We knew we were taking on the establishment,” he said. “And here we are. So not complaining.”
If Bernie did run as an independent, who would it hurt more, Trump or Clinton?