Politics

Trump: Sanders Let Clinton 'Off The Hook' On Email Scandal During Debate

| by Jared Keever
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Donald Trump said he thought Hillary Clinton did a good job in the Democratic presidential debate on the night of Oct. 13, but he added that her opponents didn’t go after her on at least one tough issue. 

“Well, I think she did what she had to do,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on the morning of Oct. 14.

But, he said, her closest rival, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, should have pressed her when she was being asked about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. 

“I think Bernie, actually, for the sake of a good sound-byte let her off the hook,” the billionaire real estate mogul said on "Morning Joe."

“You have an FBI investigation on the emails and he just let her off," he added.

In the debate, when Clinton was being asked about her use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, Sanders chimed in, saying, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails," according to Politico.

That might have sounded good, Trump said, but it was a mistake. The GOP front-runner added that Sanders doesn’t appear to be polling well nationally and he should have pressed the issue that has followed Clinton for months. 

“When you are losing that badly you have to go a lot stronger,” Trump said of Sanders. 

But Trump isn’t the only one who said Clinton weathered the first debate of the season well. 

David Axelrod, who eight years ago was a member of Barack Obama’s campaign and is now a CNN political analyst, said Clinton did a good job.

"I think she did very very well,” Axelrod told CNN. “She was poised, she was passionate and I think she was in command.”

Also on stage Oct. 13 were former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, former Virginia senator Jim Webb, and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee. Vice President Joe Biden, who is rumored to be considering a run, did not attend. 

Sources: MSNBC: Morning Joe, Politico, CNN

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