Donald Trump Challenges Hillary Clinton & Bernie Sanders On 'Tonight Show' & He Gets One Thing Right
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has shared plenty of opinions about the party race he's leading, but with the first caucuses just weeks away, it seems he's already looking ahead to the general election. During a Tonight Show appearance Monday night, Trump chimed in on the Democratic race, weighing Hillary Clinton's chances against dark horse Bernie Sanders. "She certainly has a race that's a lot different than people thought," Trump told host Jimmy Fallon.
While the Republican primaries have been a hot mess (at least below Trump's commanding double digits lead), the Democratic race has been more fidgety, largely because of Sanders' unexpected success in the face of the Clinton machine. Clinton, who was widely dubbed as the inevitable Democratic candidate, has increasingly faced a tougher opponent than anyone could have anticipated. In early states, the pair are pretty much neck-and-neck, with Clinton barely leading in Iowa and Sanders edging his opponent out in New Hampshire.
In Trump's eyes, that's a sign that Clinton isn't as indomitable as she may appear. "I mean, he should be easy to beat," Trump said. "How could you lose like this? He really isn't even a Democrat. But he said he's a socialist, and I think he may be a step beyond a socialist."
But as Trump took digs at Clinton, it was clear he still saw her as the eventual Democratic nominee. Trump said should he and Clinton face each other in the the general election, it would be an "amazing thing" and one of the "most interesting races" in U.S. history, prompting major voter turnout at the ballot box. "A poll came out, if I win [the Republican nomination] and she wins [the Democratic nomination], it's going to be the largest voter turnout in the history of the country," he said.
Trump has one thing right: the 2016 race is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable races on the books.
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