Sanders: My campaign makes Trump ‘very, very nervous’
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday suggested GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals 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 McCainSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed 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 ClintonBloomberg called Warren 'scary,' knocked Obama's first term in leaked audio Trump trails Democratic challengers among Catholic voters: poll Sanders under fire from Democrats over praise for Castro regime MORE.

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