Sanders criticizes Trump after SC loss
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Sanders played down Clinton’s overwhelming victory by pointing to his own in New Hampshire and warned against divisiveness propagated by Trump.  

“Let me be clear on one thing tonight. This campaign is just beginning,” Sanders said. “When we come together, and don't let people like Donald Trump try to divide us, we can create an economy that works for all of us and not just the top 1 percent."

Sanders was in Rochester, Minn., as the results came in with an eye toward Super Tuesday, when 11 states will hold their Democratic primaries. 

In a speech following the results, he continued speaking out against Trump, saying, "We will defeat Trump because love trumps hatred," setting off a loud "Bernie" chant. 

The more direct attacks on Trump show that the Democratic side is coming to terms with the idea that the billionaire will be their competition in the general election.