Sanders not surprised ‘media establishment’ backing Clinton
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In the wake of the Des Moines Register’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders on Trump's media attacks: He doesn't understand democracy Drug importation won't save dollars or lives Dems fear divisions will persist after DNC chair election MORE on Sunday said he is not surprised to learn that the “media establishment” is backing the front-runner’s presidential bid.

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“We are taking on the economic establishment, we’re taking on the political establishment and, with all due respect, we are taking on the media establishment,” Sanders said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I expect that Secretary Clinton will get a lot of the endorsements from mainstream media, but I have the endorsement — and I’m very proud to say — of 2.5 million individual contributions to my campaign,” he added.

Sanders also said he disagreed with the Register’s reasoning that Clinton is the most qualified candidate in terms of foreign policy experience, pointing to her vote for the war in Iraq as a senator.

“When we talk about foreign policy, let us be very clear — one of the candidates running voted against the disastrous war in Iraq,” he said.

“What I feared would happen — and it gives me no pleasure to tell you that much of what I feared would happen in terms of the destabilization of the region — did in fact happen,” he added. “And Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonReport: New national security adviser breaks with Trump on 'radical Islamic terrorism' EPA head previously used private email for government business Arkansas lawmaker proposes bill that would remove Clinton name from airport: report MORE voted the other way.”