Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants “insultful,” and “disrespecting” during a town hall on Monday.
“He said that they are drug dealers and criminals,” Sanders said in a statement.
“And I don’t believe that.”
In response to a question about whether he would consider a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, Trump said: “We have to get them out, we have to deport them.”
“I think that we have a lot of people that are not doing well, that have no jobs, they have no hope,” Trump said.
“I’m not going to deport 11 million people.
I’m not even going to do that.”
Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, was a long-shot presidential contender in 2020, and his comments drew condemnation from some members of the political establishment.
The senator said he would continue his campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination in states like Iowa and New Hampshire.
He also said that Trump’s campaign had been “misleading and offensive” since the beginning.