Sanders: My campaign makes Trump ‘very, very nervous’
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersMellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) Former Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to 'hang out' MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday suggested GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE is afraid of facing him in a general election.

“I think you’ve got a guy who is getting very, very nervous,” he told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

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“I understand that, because the last national poll had us 18 points ahead of him. Some state polls had us even more ahead of him.”

Sanders argued that Trump’s past remarks offer him plenty of ammunition should they battle for voters next November.

“This is a man who is dividing up his country in very serious ways, frightening ways,” the Democratic presidential contender said.

“I think what we are seeing in the Trump campaign is not only racist attacks, but what you’re seeing is attacks on Muslims, on women [and] on veterans,” Sanders added.

“To attack Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain rips Trump for attacks on press NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Meghan McCain says her father regrets opposition to MLK Day MORE [R-Ariz.] as a POW is crazy. There was a big debate in the United Kingdom parliament on whether or not he should even be allowed to enter the United Kingdom.”

Sanders is currently locked in a fierce battle for the Democratic presidential nomination with front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIntel Dem decries White House 'gag order' after Bannon testimony 'Total free-for-all' as Bannon clashes with Intel members Mellman: On Political Authenticity (Part 2) MORE.

The former secretary of State leads Sanders by more than 11 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.