Bernie Who?: Hillary Wants to Spend Time 'Taking on Trump'

Cortney O'Brien
Posted: May 22, 2016 12:15 PM
Bernie Who?: Hillary Wants to Spend Time 'Taking on Trump'

Hillary Clinton has made it clear she wants nothing more to do with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders - at least not in the Democratic primary. Last week, she confidently told CNN's Chris Cuomo she's going to be the Democratic nominee. Then, she ignored Sanders' request for a California debate. On Sunday morning's "Meet the Press," Clinton repeated her exasperated wishes. It only makes sense for Sanders to drop out, she argued, since the path to the nomination is even less tenable for him than it was for Clinton when she ran against Obama in 2008. In other words, get out of the way and let me focus on Trump.

“I have far more pledged delegates. It was much closer between me and Sen. Obama. And I am going to be the nominee,” Clinton added. “And I want to spend a lot of my time, as you've seen me do, really taking on Trump. Because I find what he says, the kind of candidacy he's presenting, to pose a danger to our country.”

Clinton's dismissal of Sanders is discredited by new polls that continue to show him faring better against the presumptive GOP nominee. This new Rasmussen survey, for instance, has the democratic socialist up 45 percent to Trump's 41 percent. Add to that a new Washington Post survey shows Clinton losing to Trump by two points and last week's Fox News poll which showed more of the same - Trump beginning to overtake her nationally.

Clinton indicated she's ready to unite the party when Sanders is, yet many of his supporters have indicated they are not ever going to be ready for Hillary. Young progressive liberals are especially disenchanted by the prospect of the neverending Clinton dynasty and cannot look past her cozy relationship with Wall Street and long list of scandals.

In fact, some Sanders voters would rather have Trump in the White House than her.

Clinton may have the math on her side when it comes to the Democratic nomination, but the migraine Sanders has given her does not bode well for her general election performance.