Sanders ignores SC defeat, turns focus to beating Trump

Shortly after getting crushed by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary Pressure rising on GOP after Trump–DOJ fight’s latest turn Press: Why Trump should thank FBI MORE in South Carolina, Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersClinton backs Georgia governor hopeful on eve of primary The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Frenzy over Kennedy retirement rumors | Trump challenges DOJ Bernie Sanders announces Senate reelection bid MORE made a 55-minute speech in which he never once mentioned the night's loss.

Instead of congratulating Clinton for her victory, the only reference Sanders made to his rival on Saturday night was a series of contrasts in which he implied she was swayed by her Wall Street sponsors. 

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Employing a tone as harsh and sarcastic as he has used at any point so far in the largely policy-focused Democratic campaign, Sanders urged Clinton to release the transcripts of her Goldman Sachs speeches, saying they must have been of extraordinary quality to justify their price tags.

"Every candidate, Democrat or Republican throughout history has always said, 'Oh yes, I receive millions and millions of dollars from Wall Street ... doesn't impact me!'" Sanders said, as the crowd in Rochester, Minn., laughed and cheered.

"They just give me that money for the fun of it!"

"And then on top of that, Secretary Clinton, as you may know, gave some speeches to Goldman Sachs for $225,000 a speech," the Vermont senator added, as some in the crowd booed.

"Now, I think, if you get $225,000 for a speech it must be a really excellent, wonderful speech, and therefore you should be very proud to release the transcript of that speech."

Sanders looked tired and his voice was cracking up at times. He gave his standard stump speech, with no acknowledgement of the overwhelming loss he had incurred earlier in the evening. 

Rather than laying out his plan to defeat Clinton in the Democratic primaries — a task that appears increasingly difficult — Sanders looked ahead to a general election match-up between himself and the Republican front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRed states find there’s no free pass on Medicaid changes from Trump Trump meets with Moon in crucial moment for Korea summit The Memo: Trump flirts with constitutional crisis MORE.

"We will together defeat Donald Trump," Sanders declared. 

"We will defeat him because the American people do not want a president who insults Mexicans, Muslims, women, African-Americans, veterans and basically anyone who does not look and sound like Donald Trump."