This post originally appeared on AddictingInfo.org.
Throughout the contentious race for the White House, the Democratic contenders have consistently shown the type of mutual respect for one another and poise that the Republican circus show can only long for. Amid differences in personality and opinion, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have shown restraint in how they go after one another. They’ve also ferociously lept to each other’s defense when an ugly conservative talking point bubbles to the surface.
In rare form this week, Sanders once again delivered a cold bucket of water on Republicans – led by Trump – who had viciously gone after Hillary Clinton for…wait for it… going to the bathroom during the debate.
Trump, misogynistic as ever, seemed to delight in grossing out his boorish fans with references to Clinton using a rest room. It was a bizarre and undignified attack, but it consumed Trump’s campaign for days on end. The entire narrative boiled down to “women pee…gross!”
“I know where she went — it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it,” Trump told a crowd in Grand Rapids, Mich. “No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.”
The idea of women going to the bathroom is “too disgusting” to even think about? Trump’s wife or daughter might want to pull the Republican front-runner aside and explain a few things to him.
Sadly, Trump’s shamelessness has spread to others in his party. Almost a week after the Democratic debate and fellow politicians like Rand Paul were still talking about it.
Sanders has clearly had enough. If Republicans wanted to make this an issue during an extremely important election, he’d shut them down. At a campaign stop in Iowa, he unloaded on Trump for his inane campaign tactics. Calling him a “coward billionaire,” Sanders hilariously mocked Trump for his obsession with women peeing.
“He has discovered that women go to the bathroom, and it’s been very upsetting to him,” the senator from Vermont said of the real-estate mogul during a rally here that drew about 1,800 people. “This is a guy who wants to be president of the United States. He must have a very unusual relationship with women.”
Even more so, Sanders remarked that Clinton wasn’t the only one on that stage who – after hours in the spotlight – had to relieve herself.
“Now I’ve got to be honest with you. I’ve got to be honest with you,” Sanders said, speaking in a mocking tone. “I also went to the bathroom. I know, I have to admit it. … This is the pathology. This is the guy who is leading in the Republican polls.”
Indeed, the grossest, most racist things Trump says only seems to make him more popular with Republicans. Each week, Trump finds a new way to reveal himself as a truly awful human being, and each week his favorability ratings among Republicans inches higher. As of this moment – his fifth straight month as the Republican frontrunner – over 70 percent of Republicans say they have a positive view of Trump. 70 percent.
Sanders is right to lampoon the state of things. He’s attempting to run a campaign on substance, and he’s continually ignored because the media is chasing after an outrageous Trump lie. The state of America’s democracy has never looked so precarious.
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