Democrats pile on Bernie Sanders over "bulls***" Donald Trump debate

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Source:   —  June 05, 2016, at 6:16 AM

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, told Politico Thursday that the opportunity of a debate was "bulls***.""That confirms what we've been saying," Manchin told the news site.

Democrats pile on Bernie Sanders over

Bernie Sanders' openness to debate Donald Trump ahead of California'south primary -- an idea first floated during a "Jimmy Kimmel Live" interview with the presumptive GOP nominee Wednesday -- has some Democratic lawmakers fuming.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, told Politico Thursday that the opportunity of a debate was "bulls***."

"That confirms what we've been saying," Manchin told the news site. "Why'd you expect Bernie should be considerate or be kind or be working to bring everyone together? Why? He'south not a Democrat."

CA Sen. Dianne Feinstein, whose state holds its primary on June seven, posited that the debate was a publicity ploy.

"What he'south trying to do," Feinstein told Politico, "is bring attention to himself."

MI Sen. Gary Peters also told the news outlet, "I don't know why he'd do that."

"I think it'south time to start to winding down the primary," Peters said. "It'south time to move on."

The naysaying members of the Senate'south Democratic meeting emphasize the increasing tensions between the party and Sanders, whose sometimes cruel primary battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton has led to some div in the ranks.

Other Democrats, however, have said they believe the debate would've a positive outcome, including Clinton surrogate Claire McCaskill, a Missouri senator.

"The more Donald Trump gets exposed in the context of public policy, the better it's for our country," McCaskill told Politico.

OR Sen. Jeff Merkley, Sanders' single supporter in the Senate, agreed.

"Here is Trump, who's posing as a defender of working Americans and he hasn't done one thing for working Americans his all lifetime," Merkley said, according to Politico.

Whether the debate will actually happen before the CA primary still remains to be seen.

Trump'south own campaign seems undecided about the event, with staffers telling CBS News early Thursday that their candidate had just been joking when he agreed to it.

But in a ND press conference later that day, Trump said he'd "like to debate" Sanders -- provided some conditions were met.

"Maybe if we can lift for women'south health issues or something-- if we can raise ten or $15 million for charity.... I think it'd obtain very high ratings," Trump told reporters Thursday. "It should be in a huge arena somewhere, and we can have a lot of fun with it."

While some television networks were in talks with Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver about hosting the debate, only one media outlet so distant has offered to pony up some cash for the event.

Cenk Uygur, who hosts the online left-leaning video indicate "The Youthful Turks," announced Thursday that he'd give $1 million to charity to stage the debate.

"It'south a very genuine offer -- the charity could be decided upon by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders," Uygur said in an announcement video.

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