Sanders: GOP race an 'international embarrassment'
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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBernie Sanders to sign pledge affirming he will run as a Democrat Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — Drug pricing fight centers on insulin | Florida governor working with Trump to import cheaper drugs | Dems blast proposed ObamaCare changes Hillicon Valley: Microsoft reveals new Russian hack attempts | Google failed to disclose hidden microphone | Booker makes late HQ2 bid | Conservative group targets Ocasio-Cortez over Amazon MORE had nothing but criticism for the GOP during an interview Wednesday, calling his Republican counterparts running for the White House an “international embarrassment” aided by the media.  

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“What Republican candidates have now stooped to is to starting attacking each other’s wives,” Sanders said on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” according to a transcript. “I mean this is an international embarrassment. I think people around the rest of the world think we are pretty crazy.” 

Sanders was referring to a feud between GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE and his rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO’Rourke not ruling out being vice presidential candidate CNN ripped for hiring former Republican operative as political editor: 'WTF?!?!' The Hill's Morning Report - Can Bernie recapture 2016 magic? MORE last week, in which the two candidates resorted to personal attacks through a series of tweets and cable news interviews.   

“The Republican Party now is a joke, maintained by a media which really does not force them to discuss their issues,” Sanders said, slamming media outlets for “quoting every absurd remark of Donald Trump.”

“Every stupid remark will be broadcast, you know, for the next five days,” Sanders added. “But because media is what media is today, any stupid, absurd remark made by Donald Trump becomes the story of the week. Maybe, just maybe, we might want to have a serious discussion about the serious issues facing America.”

He went on to say the race between he and Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump MORE is much cleaner and productive. 

“While we have very different points of view, we are trying to discuss the real issues facing the American people, and I think most objective Americans appreciate that a lot more than the kind of circus that is taking place on the Republican side,” he said.

The full interview is set to air at 10 p.m. Wednesday on MSNBC.