Bernie Sanders praised the Obama administration’s efforts to expand transgender rights on Thursday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“The attacks against transgender people is part of the bigotry which has got to end, and I applaud the president for what he is trying to do on that,” the Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. senator from Vermont said.
The U.S. Justice Department is challenging House Bill 2, which requires people in North Carolina government facilities to use bathrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates. The Obama administration also has told U.S. public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify.
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On Wednesday’s show, Kimmel posed a question to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sanders’ behalf about the possibility of a one-on-one debate before California’s June 7 primary. Trump said he would welcome the idea as long as proceeds went to charity. In Sanders’ interview Thursday night, he dodged Trump’s question about whether he would run as an independent if party leaders continued to “steal this nomination away.”
“I really do appreciate his concern for me,” Sanders said, joking about the intent of Trump’s question. “I know that comes straight from his heart. But tell him that what I hope will happen is that in fact I will run against him as the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, and if I do, we’re going to beat him, and beat him bad.”