Former US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has said that he could have defeated Republican nominee Donald Trump in a general election, rejecting the notion that his campaign undermined Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the White House.
The Independent senator, who was seeking the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, made the remarks at an event at the George Washington University on Wednesday night when a Washington Post reporter asked whether he hurt Clinton’s chances at the presidency.
“You can argue the exact reverse — that maybe I would have been elected president of the United States,” Sanders said to cheers from the crowd.
“The presumption behind that question is that we should anoint candidates for president, that a serious debate or candidates competing against each other is a bad thing for democracy,” he stated.
The Vermont senator said that he brought “millions of people into the process” and that the vast…