My use of the word trolling is a little loose here, since Trump is also actually trying to ratf*ck the Vermont Senator and his supporters as well.
Donald Trump last night praised Bernie Sanders and urged him to run as a third party candidate because it would help him win in November.
— JohnAmato (@JohnAmato) April 27, 2016
Earlier this morning, a much more subdued and low energy Trump phoned it in (yeah) to the Morning Joe crew, and expounded on his trolling of Bernie Sanders.
He started by attacking Hillary for shouting in her speech and when Joe Scarborough tried to soften his image with women by saying Bernie shouts too, Donald took his Sanders trolling to a new level.
Trump calmly said, "Bernie Sanders has a message that's interesting. I'm going to be taking a lot of the things that Bernie said and using them. I can re-read some of his speeches and I can get some very good material."
"He said, you know, in many ways she shouldn't be there. He said some things about her that are actually surprising, you know, that essentially she has no right to even be running and she's got bad judgment. When she said - when he said bad judgment, I said, sound bite. But Bernie has been very effective, been treated very badly by the Democrats and by the Democratic party and, frankly, should run as an independent, I think."
Bernie Sanders does have a great message on all the progressive ideals we hold dear, but that's not what Trump is alluding to.
He's choosing to focus on all of Bernie's criticisms of HRC, which happens in every hard-fought primary on either side. I imagine Trump believes he'll be able to pick off some Sanders supporters and their votes also, but that will never happen since Donald is the anti-matter to Progressivism, as are all the 2016 Republican presidential candidates.
There is always great animosity between two candidates fighting it out for a presidential nomination, but what's happening with Cruz and Trump is much more significant. Their Cleveland convention looks to be the ultimate Klown Kar experience for the world to see since Cruz and the #NeverTrump people are staying to the bitter end.
It's evident that Trump supporters would never support liberal policies since they are filled with so much malice for the left, fueled by decades of AM hate talk radio (and more recently Fox News) and there's nothing that a Trump presidency has to offer anybody but the rich.
Donald has obviously been groomed in the art of ratf*cking, by Roger Stone, but he's still a political novice.
Oh, by the way, there's been more nastiness directed at Trump by his own party and conservative pundits in one week than there has been between Sanders and Clinton in the entire primary season. There's a whole smorgasbord of anti-Trump sound bites to choose from for the Democrats, if Trump wants to play that game.
PS. As Media Matters points out again this morning, Donald Trump is given unacceptable privilege to phone in interviews with news outlets. If there is any evidence that corporate media is manufacturing consent with this jerk, it's their suck-up willingness to let Trump phone it in.
In March, the six major broadcast and cable news networks allowed Trump to phone in for 39 of his 63 interviews. On ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and Fox News, more than half of Trump's interviews were conducted by phone.