By MIKE ROSSMANFox News — Donald Trump is “playing the press game” to win the hearts and minds of voters, and he’s been doing it since the primary season began, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
Trump has been in the news for days, as a host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” called on his opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, to release his tax returns to prove he is a “real American.”
He’s also gone on the offensive, claiming the media is “dising up” the presidential candidate, saying he was being “pushed into it” by the media.
Trump is still doing it in the Republican primary, but he’s begun to make his case that Sanders’ lack of transparency is proof that he is “corrupt.”
In a Sunday appearance on CNN, Trump said that “everybody’s talking about Bernie Sanders.
And I think that they’re not talking about the real Bernie Sanders.”
The “New Day” host said that he was not going to release the Sanders’ returns “because I think he’s playing the media and they’re playing the press.
But I’m going to go out there and say it.
I will tell you that I’ve never been a member of the political establishment.
I’m not going anywhere.
And the media should be ashamed of itself.
And it’s playing a game that they never won.
It’s a phony game.”
Trump also said that his opponent is “a liar and I’m a businessman,” adding that Sanders “is a crook and a liar.”
The comments drew criticism from Democratic Party leaders, who blasted Trump for his comments.
Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota said in a statement, “Donald Trump has repeatedly shown himself to be a pathological liar and a hypocrite.
His latest comments about Senator Sanders are unacceptable.
We are disappointed that he has now endorsed Senator Sanders in this race.
His comments are not only disrespectful, they are also wrong.
Donald Trump should immediately withdraw his endorsement of Senator Sanders and disavow any ties to him.”
Sanders, who announced his presidential bid last year, has repeatedly refused to release a list of his financial records.
Sanders’ campaign has refused to respond to Trump’s comments, but the Vermont senator has repeatedly insisted that he doesn’t have financial ties to anyone.
The New York billionaire has repeatedly said that the Sanders campaign has been “playing a game” with the Democratic primary and has been trying to undermine him.