Bernie Sanders said during an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press that he would, "... beat Donald Trump badly in a general election.
Sanders made the remark when responding to comments made by Senator Claire McCaskill about his electability.
“Well, what I say to her is that if she would look at the matchups that are taking place between Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump right now, she would find that we were 15 points ahead of him nationally,” Sanders said.
“In tossup states, battleground states like Iowa and New Hampshire, we are even further ahead of him.”
Sanders referenced Trump’s positions on the economy and climate change when expressing his confidence that he would beat the real estate mogul.
“I would very much look forward to a race against Donald Trump, a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage, but wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the two two-tenths of one percent who thinks wages in America are too high and who thinks that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese,” he said.
“There would be nothing more in the world I would like [than] to take on Donald Trump. We would beat him, and we would beat him badly.”
Sanders also commented on his lack of endorsements from sitting senators or governors, saying that it’s evidence of the grassroots support he’s received throughout the primary.
“[That lack of support] tells me that we are taking on the political establishment, we're taking on the economic establishment, the financial interest in this country, and we're taking on the corporate establishment,” he said.