Trump takes credit for Sanders momentum
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Republican primary front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE on Sunday took credit for the success of surging Democratic primary candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Biden's debate performance renews questions of health Saagar Enjeti rips Harris's 'empty promises' MORE.


Trump said his attacks on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton have allowed Sanders to leapfrog her in some polls.

“Look, I was the best thing that ever happened to Bernie Sanders, because my attack on Hillary — all of a sudden she went down, and Sanders got all the credit for it, right?” Trump said at a rally in Muscatine, Iowa.

“And then they start saying, ‘Bernie Sanders is surging, an amazing thing happened.’ I did it. I’m saying I did that,” he added.

“This guy Bernie Sanders — give me a break. How does he figure this whole thing? But he got all the credit — it’s unbelievable.”

The billionaire businessman said he is refraining from attacking Sanders because he doesn’t want to bolster Clinton’s campaign.

“I mean, here’s a guy, he’s a — well, they say socialist, but some people would say he’s a communist, OK?” he said.

“But I shouldn’t hit him too hard, though, because if I hit him hard, he’ll go down and then it’ll be more of a fight with Hillary, and maybe we won’t have to fight for a while,” he added. “So I’ll say, ‘Isn’t he a wonderful guy?’”

Trump continued that he could launch devastating attacks against Sanders at any moment, but said he was hesitant because it would be “too easy."

“So now maybe I should hit — oh, I could hit him,” he said. “I have stuff in my mind. I could sit him so hard he would drop. He would drop. No, he’s — he’s — no, he’s too easy. He’s too easy. He’s really too easy.”

During the rally, two — including one man wearing a red turban — draped a sign over an auditorium balcony that read, “Stop Hate.”

“He wasn’t wearing one of those hats, was he?” Trump asked the crowd after the men were escorted out of the venue.

“Was he wearing one of those? And he never will, and he never will, and he never will, but that’s OK, because we have to do something folks, because it’s not working,” he added.

It is unclear whether Trump was referring to one of his signature “Make American Great Again” hats or to the man’s head garb.