On Fox News, Bernie Sanders taunts Trump over his taxes

Bernie Sanders.
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There are a few ways to get President Trump's attention, and instead of sending a flattering letter or whispering in his ear about dropping undocumented immigrants off in cities controlled by Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took the easy route Monday night: He talked about him on Fox News.

Before participating in Monday's Fox News town hall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, Sanders released 10 years of tax returns. He was peppered with questions about his income, and exasperated, Sanders declared that he "paid the taxes that I owe," then turned his attention to Trump. "And by the way, why don't you get Donald Trump up here and ask him how much he pays in taxes?" he said. "President Trump watches your network a little bit, right? Hey President Trump, my wife and I just released 10 years. Please do the same."

An audience member later shared with Sanders that he is concerned about Trump pushing the Democratic base too far to the left, creating something akin to the Tea Party. Sanders responded that he disagrees with Trump on basically everything, and he doesn't think that "the American people are proud that we have a president who's a pathological liar," adding that Trump can't even tell the truth about where his father was born. But Sanders also argued that if Democrats spend all their time attacking Trump, they will lose in 2020. "Our job is to lay out a vision that makes sense to working families of this country," Sanders said.

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Catherine Garcia

Catherine Garcia is night editor for TheWeek.com. Her writing and reporting has appeared in Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, The New York Times, The Book of Jezebel, and other publications. A Southern California native, Catherine is a graduate of the University of Redlands and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.