Sanders says he would 'bring a lie detector' to debate with Trump

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Top adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' MORE (I-Vt.) joked that he would “bring a lie detector” if he faces President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE on the debate stage.

Sanders, who announced this month that he is running for president, made the joke during a CNN town hall Monday night after host Wolf Blitzer asked how he planned to interact with Trump during a possible presidential debate.

“We’ll bring a lie detector along," Sanders said, prompting laughs from the audience. “And every time he lies it goes ‘beep.’ That would be the first thing.”


After the quip, Sanders took a more serious tone, saying he plans to hold Trump “accountable” for his promises and actions during his presidency.

“I think the fraud that Trump is, the pathological liar that he is, has to be exposed,” the senator said. “We are going to hold him accountable for what he said and what he did.”

Sanders and other Trump critics have frequently pointed to the president’s falsehoods and misstatements in their criticism of him.

The Washington Post fact-checker has documented thousands of false claims during the first two years of Trump’s presidencies, and in December introduced the “Bottomless Pinocchio” rating to call out Trump and other politicians on repeated false claims.