Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont sharply criticized Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday, accusing the businessman of “racist” rhetoric.
“People can disagree on the issue of immigration,” he told students at Theodore Roosevelt High School. “But what has upset me … is what we’re hearing from people like Donald Trump are not just disagreements on immigration. What we’re hearing (are) racist and bigoted attacks against a whole group of people.”
The comments drew strong applause.
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The event seemed less like a campaign rally than a lecture. Sanders took solid questions from students but did not stay to meet with them after the appearance.
“Democracy is not a football game,” he told the students. “It is not a TV show. It is not a spectator sport.”
The 74-year old senator — considered to be running neck-and-neck with Hillary Clinton among Iowa voters — also released a letter from his doctor Thursday proclaiming him in good health.
Trump, meanwhile, remains a major story in Iowa. He plans to hold a rally at Drake University Thursday after announcing plans to skip the final Iowa debate.