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Bernie Sanders on Donald Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric: that "crap" won't work in the US

Bernie Sanders is not having any of Donald Trump’s racist political posturing.

The straight-talking senator lashed out at Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the country on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night, calling the Republican poll topper a "demagogue."

"What somebody like a Trump is trying to do is to divide us up," Sanders said. "A few months ago, we're supposed to hate Mexicans; now we're supposed to hate Muslims. That kind of crap is not going to work in the United States of America."

That sort of political scapegoating has earned Trump a whole host of unflattering comparisons to nativist politicians of bygone eras. He's been compared to the notoriously racist Alabama Gov. George Wallace and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

But in singling out an entire religious group, whose liberty is enshrined in the First Amendment, Trump may be straying further than almost any other nativist politician has gone before.