ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- If Americans don’t change their current views, the match-up between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton could be a race between the two most disliked nominees in at least three decades.
The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll has Trump with a 60 percent unfavorable rating and Clinton at 53 percent unfavorable.
Should the two front-runners become the two nominees, and their current ratings remain roughly the same through November, this presidential election could be a combination of two candidates with the highest unfavorable ratings since 1984.
Since 1984, according ABC News/Washington Post polls, the presidential nominee with the highest unfavorable rating was George H.W. Bush in his 1992 re-election bid, when he lost to Bill Clinton. He had a 53 percent unfavorable rating -- very close to Hillary Clinton’s current 52 percent.
The only other time that a major candidate garnered a more than 50 percent unfavorable rating was former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, at 52 percent.
No Democratic candidate or nominee has had more than a 50 percent unfavorable rating until Hillary Clinton in this election.
And no presidential candidate from either party, who has secured the nomination, has reached Trump-level unfavorable ratings.
The highest unfavorable rating in the past three decades belongs to David Duke, the former KKK grand wizard who announced his support of Trump earlier in this campaign, during his 1992 presidential run. He was viewed unfavorably by 69 percent of Americans, according to the ABC News/Washington Post poll in February of that year. But, he did not win his party's nomination.
Other Republicans candidates who did not become nominees and had high unfavorable ratings include Pat Buchanan in 2000 with 60 percent, Ross Perot in 1996 with 58 percent, Jeb Bush this year with 58 percent and Newt Gingrich in 2012 with 56 percent.
Unless either or both presumptive nominees in this year’s election see a shift in their unfavorable ratings before November, this year’s election could go down as an election race between the most unfavorable candidates.
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- After a hiatus from the stump, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump hits the trail again this week, making several stops across the West Coast.
He begins his trip in New Mexico, traveling next to California, North Dakota, Montana and ends in San Diego. Though he has no remaining opponents, Trump has not yet clinched the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination.
“He’s not going to take one vote for granted,” one campaign official told ABC News.
His last visit to California was an acrimonious one; he was met by so many protesters outside of San Francisco that he was forced to avert them by walking around fencing up a grassy hill.
"That was not the easiest entrance I've ever made... it felt like I was crossing the border actually," Trump joked at the beginning of his remarks.
While his campaign is prepared for the protests, officials stress that his supporters will see the same Trump they’ve always supported, noting that the themes that have accounted for his ascent to the top of the ticket will remain, including building a wall separating the U.S. from Mexico.
Trump’s public schedule in past weeks has been noticeably light. Last week, he held a fundraiser in New Jersey to pay off Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign debt. Trump then traveled to Kenutcky where he spoke to the NRA's annual convention, receiving the endorsement from the gun rights group. But before that, he hadn’t held a public event in over a week.
Officials say that he was “building party unity” in the time off; indeed, in the past month, he’s met with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the Chair of the Republican National Committee Reince Preibus, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell and, on Monday, met with Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN, on foreign affairs. Corker is widely considered a possible selection for Trump’s VP, though he told reporters on Monday, "I have no reason to believe I'm being considered."
And aside from his rallies, Trump will also begin to fundraise more, abandoning finally his pledge to “self-fund” his campaign.
He’ll attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles Wednesday night that benefits both his campaign and the RNC. And officials say that his fundraising efforts will greatly increase after voting ends on June 7.
But for now, albeit technically, he’s still a candidate; officials say that Trump’s public schedule will remain vigorous until then.
ABCNews.com(STOCKTON, Calif.) -- A fired up President Clinton has made it clear as he blazes the campaign trail in California, he is going to fight back at Donald Trump.
In Stockton, California, on Monday, President Clinton joined the ranks of his wife, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and called for Trump to release his taxes returns. Trump has declined to release his taxes until an audit is completed.
“Her opponent who never tires of telling us how much richer he is than the rest of us won’t release his tax returns,” said an animated Bill Clinton. The crowd loudly booed at the Trump reference.
Clinton continued, “Do you really think he’s going to be a force in raising working people’s incomes?” A woman from the crowd shouted “No!”
White House/Pete Souza(HANOI, Vietnam) -- President Obama may have lunched with Vietnamese president Tran Dai Quang in the Presidential Palace, but he spent dinner in more modest surroundings: at a local restaurant in Hanoi.
Obama joined TV personality and travel guru Anthony Bourdain for a meal at a restaurant called Bún cha Huong Liên.
Bourdain shared a photo of the pair with the caption "The president's chopstick skills are on point.” The president is seen holding a bottle as he chats with Bourdain over bowls of noodles.
The TV host noted on Twitter that the two were eating bun Cha, a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork and noodles. Bourdain said he picked up the $6 tab.
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(DETROIT) -- Hillary Clinton is now taking aim at Donald Trump's business acumen.
Speaking at a large union convention Monday, the Democratic presidential frontrunner ripped into her likely opponent’s business record —- warning that he "could bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies.”
"Trump Economics is a recipe for lower wages, fewer jobs, more debt,” Clinton told the SEIU members at the COBO center in downtown Detroit. "He could bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies.”
"I mean ask yourself, how could anybody lose money running a casino really?” she added.
Over the past few weeks, Clinton has focused most of her attacks on Trump’s foreign policy positions, casting him as a “loose cannon” who is dangerous to the security of the country.
The former secretary of state began going after Trump’s business record on Sunday in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” when she called on the real estate mogul turned Republican presidential candidate to release his tax returns and suggested they may show he is less successful than he appears.
The line of attack is one that Trump has seen before. His former Republican opponent Marco Rubio frequently called him out on this issue.
Monday, Clinton also criticized Trump’s personality.
"We need a president who will use the bully pulpit to stand up for working families,” she said, “But the last thing we need is a bully in the pulpit.”
Trump's companies filed for bankruptcy four times, including the Trump Taj Mahal.
Trump has said he never declared personal bankruptcy and used the laws to his advantage as a businessman.
Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, says he's tired of lectures from "Professor Obama" and he views each meeting with the president as a waste of time filled with monologues about why he's right and Republicans are wrong.
Meanwhile, McConnell says he likes his Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, but argues the Democratic leader is "rhetorically challenged" and has a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality." He also contends Reid did great damage to the Senate when he ran the chamber.
The Senate majority leader delivers these critiques and others in his new book, The Long Game: A Memoir, that hits the shelves on May 31. ABC News obtained a copy this week.
McConnell’s publisher is pitching the book as a "candid, behind-the-scenes memoir of a man famous for his discretion."
The book does deliver some candor -- mostly at the expense of Democrats -- but McConnell is also careful not to stir up too much political controversy for himself. The book concludes following his 2014 re-election victory and doesn’t include any commentary on the 2016 presidential election or its leading candidates: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
He does have some biting comments about a senator who bashes his GOP colleagues for not being conservative enough and too timid to challenge Obama. That may sound like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, but in this case McConnell is directing his ire at former Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, who now runs the conservative Heritage Foundation. McConnell argues DeMint "took the practice of shooting inside the tent to another level."
Overall, McConnell lays out his life in politics and uses the memoir to make the case for the importance of the Senate at a time when Congress’ popularity with the public is at historically low levels.
Here are some highlights from the book:
Dissecting 'Professor Obama'
McConnell takes a negative view of Obama's leadership approach, likening the commander-in-chief to the "kid in your class who exerts a hell of a lot of effort making sure everyone thinks he’s the smartest one in the room."
Often asked what the president is "really like," McConnell recounts that he always repeats the same line: "He's no different in private than in public." To McConnell, that means: "He talks down to people, whether in a meeting among colleagues in the White House or addressing the nation."
To illustrate his view, he points to a June 2011 meeting about budget issues.
"Nothing came out of that meeting or the many subsequent meetings between the White House and members of Congress. Why? Because they went exactly like most meetings with Barack Obama go. Almost without exception, President Obama begins serious policy discussions by explaining why everyone else is wrong," McConnell writes.
"After he assigns straw men to your views, he enthusiastically attempts to knock them down with a theatrically earnest re-litigation of what you’ve missed about his brilliance. The topic at hand rarely matters -- what to do on the debt limit or what to get for lunch.” Harry Reid’s Personality
McConnell often dismisses the idea that he and Reid don’t get along, saying in his book that he likes Reid and "reporters may want to believe there’s a personal animus at play, but there isn’t."
But despite his protestations, McConnell has some less-than-generous comments about his Democratic rival.
"Harry is rhetorically challenged. If a scalpel will work, he picks a meat-ax," McConnell writes.
He goes on to say that Reid has a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality." In person, McConnell describes Reid as "thoughtful, friendly, and funny" but as soon as the cameras turn on or he’s offered a microphone, "he becomes bombastic and unreasonable, spouting things that are both nasty and often untrue, forcing him to then later apologize."
After Reid invoked the so-called "nuclear option" on presidential appointments, McConnell recalls a pep talk from his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, on how he could fix what the Washington power couple felt was Reid's broken Senate.
"It was utterly depressing to watch what Harry Reid had done to the Senate," McConnell writes. "The day he’d invoked the nuclear option, Elaine called and asked if I wanted to meet for dinner at La Loma. She knew how upset I would be, and when I arrived at the restaurant, she was there waiting for me at a table in the back, my margarita ready."
"How are you feeling?" she asked as I sat down.
"This place is a mess," I said.
Elaine reached across the table to take my hand. ‘Well look at it this way,’ she said, with a hint of a smile. ‘There’s nothing tougher than following somebody who did a great job, and nothing that makes it possible for success better than following somebody who made a mess of things.’”
Nancy Pelosi's Rehearsed Lines
While McConnell doesn't write much in the book about former Speaker and current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, she is another Democratic leader that he hits with criticism.
McConnell complains about a December 2012 budget meeting at the White House between congressional leaders and Obama where he laments "Professor Obama" wasted their time with yet another lecture. He then moves on to give his take on Pelosi’s role in the many meetings they’ve attended since they both ascended to leadership roles.
"Her role in these meetings (as with most meetings) was to come with one talking point and repeat it again and again. On this day, the talking point she’d been handed must have said 'Don’t forget the children.' She must have uttered this phrase a dozen times in her attempts to get us to change our thinking on the death tax," he wrote.
Taking Aim at a Former Senate Colleague
McConnell is also heavily critical of DeMint, who left the Senate in 2013 to run the Heritage Foundation. During his time in Congress, DeMint was viewed as a voice of the tea party movement and was often critical of his colleagues for not being conservative enough. In many ways, his style was a precursor to how Cruz has conducted his Senate career.
While McConnell doesn’t address Cruz, with whom he has had a contentious relationship at times, the Kentucky Republican makes his views on DeMint clear.
"But while there have always been a few senators willing to throw members of their own party under the bus for some press recognition, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina took the practice of shooting inside the tent to another level," McConnell wrote.
He said DeMint was a pretty good senator his first four years in office.
"But then DeMint or his staff, I could never figure out which, became something of an innovator in Republican-on-Republican violence. He figured out how to capitalize on criticizing his colleagues not just with the press, but the American people as well. Of course, Jim wouldn’t dream of actually confronting a colleague. He was almost submissive in our weekly lunches, preferring to eat in silence rather than inject his point of view. But outside the doors of the Mansfield Room, where we ate, it was another story," McConnell writes.
"Almost daily he would complain to the press about the insufficiently conservative views of his colleagues. In all the years I worked with Jim, I can’t remember him ever initiating a confrontational conversation with them. He rarely if ever attempted to persuade a single senator of anything. But he wouldn’t blink at the opportunity to bad mouth them behind their backs to the press." The Importance of the Senate
An overarching theme of McConnell's book is how important the Senate is and how it has been damaged in recent years by a variety of factors.
"We’ve lost our sense for the value of slow and steady deliberation, for the type of work that depends more on patient diplomacy than on power plays and media manipulation. Under Democratic leader Harry Reid, the Senate Chamber frequently became little more than a Democratic campaign studio. Many of the bills that Reid allowed for consideration were bills his party did not intend to pass," he writes.
He adds that a "big problem with the Senate today is the way many politicians on both sides of the aisle style themselves as saviors," which he said is not only "self-serving nonsense" but "it’s exploitative of the voters."
"And it reflects a fundamentally un-American view of how our political institutions were meant to function," McConnell writes.
"I don’t know what some of my more disgruntled colleagues thought the Senate would be like, but perfection is not in its mission statement," he adds. "This means that if you’re a purist, being a U.S. senator will be utterly exasperating. It also means that if you’re open to something less than perfection, being a U.S. senator can be deeply rewarding."
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Bernie Sanders will have more say over the drafting of the Democratic Party platform than initially thought, even if he does -- as is expected -- lose his primary fight to Hillary Clinton.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) confirms that Sanders and Clinton have agreed with Democratic Party officials to a new allocation of members for the committee that writes the party's platform.
Sanders will name five members and Clinton will name six to the 15-member committee that writes the platform. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz will name the remaining four. The platform will be revealed at the party convention in Philadelphia in July.
This is a move aimed at being inclusive to Sanders supporters after his much stronger-than-expected primary campaign.
The news was first reported by the Washington Post.
The DNC rules state it is at the chair's discretion to pick the entire 15-member committee.
"This year, in an effort to make this the most representative and inclusive process in history, the DNC Chair elected to allocate 75% of the committee’s seats to the presidential campaigns, awarding the slots proportionally according to the current vote tally,” the DNC said in a statement to the media. In the same release, the party said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) -- a Clinton supporter -- would be the chair of the drafting committee.
Sanders has not been shy in discussing his opposition to Wasserman Schultz. Over the weekend he announced his support for her primary challenger, South Florida professor Tim Canova, and sent a fundraising solicitation on his behalf. Canova's campaign said it raised $250,000 for his campaign. Sanders also told CNN he would replace Wasserman Schultz as party chair if he made it to the White House.
The Sanders campaign released a statement saying, "We believe that we will have the representation on the platform drafting committee to create a Democratic platform that reflects the views of millions of our supporters who want the party to address the needs of working families in this country and not just Wall Street, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry and other powerful special interests.”
The Clinton campaign did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — The latest national ABC News/Washington Post poll has Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton for the first time in a matchup between the two likely presidential nominees.
Forty-six percent of respondents want Trump to defeat Clinton versus 44 percent who prefer a Clinton presidency.
Even though Trump's lead is still within the margin of error, it is notable.
In the last ABC News/Washington Post poll from March 3, Clinton was leading with 50 percent support versus Trump's 41 percent.
Clinton leads among women, non-white voters, college graduates and voters between the age of 18 and 39 years old. By contrast, Trump leads with men, white voters, voters without a college degree and all voters over 40 years old.
Trump has the lowest favorability rating of all three remaining candidates (37 percent) and the highest unfavorability rating (60 percent).
Clinton comes in second with 44 percent favorability and 53 percent unfavorability. Sen. Bernie Sanders is the only remaining candidate who is more liked than disliked, with 52 percent of respondents reporting a favorable view oh him.
The strong feelings voters have about the candidates is impacting their support; of the registered voters who plan to vote for Trump in November, more of them oppose Clinton than actually support the New York businessman.
By comparison, the registered voters who plan to vote for Clinton are split over whether or not their vote is a result of their support for the former secretary of state or their opposition to Trump.
ABC News(DELANO, Calif.) — Former President Clinton rarely mentions his wife's political rivals by name, usually referring to Bernie Sanders as "her opponent" and to Donald Trump as "the other guy," but Sunday he cautioned the crowd of Hillary Clinton supporters that he has plenty of attack lines for Trump.
To the crowd’s disappointment, he said he would not deliver them — but then he did anyway.
"Now look I got a lot of applause lines. I could make you boo Mr. Trump. I'm not interested in that. Not today," the former president said as he casually leaned up against the podium. "I want you to think about what you need. And I want you to think he may be a ruder version of what’s going around in the world."
However, the former president did deliver more lines that made the crowd boo Donald Trump. Every time he said the presumptive Republican nominee's name, the crowd loudly booed and some people turned their thumbs downward.
Clinton switched back to his measured pacing around the tiny stage, returning to his stump lines, calling for an inclusive society in which bridges are built rather than walls. And then he dropped Trump's name again.
"She's been the strongest person to say Mr. Trump is wrong when he says we ought to keep the Muslims out and demonize them any more than immigrants," Clinton said. "America's got to be for everybody that will embrace our common values."
The Delano community has a large Hispanic immigrant population, and many people work on the farms picking and sorting fruit. Taking advantage of Trump's high unfavorable rating among Hispanics, Clinton's attack lines landed well on the crowd. The president briefly took on the persona of Donald Trump and harshly criticized his "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.
"Or do what make America great again really means, which is, 'hey I'll make it the way it used to be. You will be better off and if you’re not, at least you'll have somebody to look down on,'" he said. "That is a dumb idea. It will not work."
Finally, Clinton name-dropped the presumptive Republican nominee one last time during his concluding remarks after calling for party unity and asking voters to rally behind Hillary Clinton and send her to the Democratic National Convention as the presumptive nominee.
"We need to send her to that convention with the wind in her back with a united progressive front to go after the conflict between her and Mr. Trump," he said.
This time, however, the crowd let out a loud cheer and applause rather than a boo.
Andrew Burton / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking his increasingly pitched fight against the Democratic Party establishment straight to the top of the party, with an endorsement of Tim Canova, a South Florida law professor challenging Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in her congressional district's primary.
"Clearly, I favor her opponent," Sanders told CNN in an interview over the weekend. "His views are much closer to mine than as to Wasserman Shultz's."
Sanders told CNN that he wouldn't support Wasserman Schultz leading the Democratic Party if he is elected president.
On Sunday, Sanders sent out a fundraising email for Canova, the fourth congressional candidate backing him to receive his endorsement.
"We’re doing this because it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics," Sanders wrote in the joint fundraising appeal, which had the subject line "Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz." "We need real change. We need U.S. Senators, members of Congress and state legislators who have the guts to take on the big money interests whose greed is destroying the American middle class."
Canova, a longtime progressive who opposes Wasserman Schultz's support of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, welcomed Sanders' support in a statement Saturday.
"Like Senator Sanders, I'm running a campaign that's truly backed by the people, not big corporations -- one that stands up to Wall Street interests instead of cozying up to them. Together, I feel confident that our campaign of nurses, teachers, students, seniors and working class Floridians can work together to demand accountability from our leaders, and offer a more positive path forward to the people of Florida's 23rd district," Canova said in a statement.
In a statement, Wasserman Schultz downplayed Sanders' endorsement of her opponent.
"I am so proud to serve the people of Florida's 23rd district and I am confident that they know that I am an effective fighter and advocate on their behalf in Congress," she said in the statement. "Even though Senator Sanders has endorsed my opponent I remain, as I have been from the beginning, neutral in the Presidential Democratic primary. I look forward to working together with him for Democratic victories in the fall."
Wasserman Schultz, who has been criticized by progressives for her stewardship of the Democratic primary, is still favored to keep her seat, and has the support of party heavyweights in her reelection bid -- including President Obama, who endorsed her campaign in March.
According to her most recent campaign finance disclosure, Wasserman Schultz -- who has never had a primary opponent -- raised about $1.5 million since January 2015 and reported $840,000 on hand in through March. Canova, a first-time candidate, reported about $460,000 on hand through March.
Sanders' fundraising boost could help Canova mount a more competitive campaign. According to one source close to the campaign, Sanders' fundraising appeal for progressive House candidates Zephyr Teachout of New York, Lucy Flores of Nevada, and Pramila Jayapal of Washington, raised several hundred thousand dollars for the candidates.
Flores alone raised nearly $430,000 in April after Sanders' appeal, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- New poll numbers show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are neck-and-neck.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll out Sunday shows that Donald Trump now has a two-point advantage over Hillary Clinton among registered voters. While Clinton was leading nine points in March, Trump now has 46 percent of support with the Democratic frontrunner taking 44 percent.
The poll reveals that Republicans are beginning to accept Trump as their presumptive nominee as Clinton continues to fight battles on two fronts-- against Bernie Sanders to secure the Democratic nomination, and against Trump.
Trump and Clinton are also the most unpopular candidates for president in more than 30 years, according to the poll. The presumptive Republican nominee was seen as unfavorable by 60 percent of Americans and 53 percent said the same thing about Clinton.
Clinton, meanwhile, has experience over Trump as polling found that 58 percent of Americans call him unqualified to be president.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton says she’s looking beyond just politicians as she begins her search for a potential running mate.
“I think we should look widely and broadly,” the Democratic presidential candidate exclaimed on “Meet the Press” Sunday when asked about her Vice Presidential search. "It’s not just people in elective office. It is successful businesspeople. I am very interested in that.”
"I think that is the best way to find somebody who can really capture what's needed in the country, and businesspeople have, especially successful businesspeople who are really successful as opposed to pretend successful, I think have a lot to offer,” she added, making a slight dig at real estate mogul turned Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.
To date, Clinton has remained relatively mum about her VP search.
When asked during an interview on CNN last week if she would consider Bernie Sanders for the role, she wouldn’t even engage.
"I won't get into that,” Clinton said. "That’s something down the road.”
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- During a wide-ranging interview over the weekend, Bernie Sanders told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he thought Hillary Clinton was “jumping the gun” when she said recently that she was undoubtedly going to be the Democratic nominee.
Sanders pointed to his recent victories in Oregon, West Virginia and Indiana as evidence that Clinton was getting ahead of herself and added, “We're going to have to do very, very, very well in the remaining nine contests. I think we have a shot.”
Sanders would need to win 67 percent of the remaining pledged delegates to pull ahead of Clinton on that front, and a new ABC News poll shows that a whopping 20 percent of Sanders’ voters say they would back the Republican presumptive nominee over Clinton.
Stephanopoulos asked Sanders if he was confident he could convince his supporters to back Clinton over Donald Trump should he not secure the nomination. Sanders argued that it was incumbent upon Clinton to win over his supporters.
“It is the function of every candidate, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, to reach out to the American people and make the case why they should be supported,” he said. The underdog candidate said only if Clinton came onboard with a number of his policy proposals ranging from climate change to health care, did he believe his supporters would shift their allegiance to her.
“I have every confidence that if Hillary Clinton is prepared to stand up to the greed of corporate America and Wall Street, is prepared to be really strong on the issue of climate change, support, as I do, a tax on carbon...if she is strong on those issues, yeah, I think she will win and win by a large vote,” he said. “But if she is not, she's going to have her problems.”
Sanders again vowed to fight for a progressive platform for the Democratic party at its national convention this July in Philadelphia. Several organizations backing the senator have filed permits for rallies and protests, which Sanders defended, despite fears that the situation could get unruly after the chaotic scene that erupted at the Nevada state convention last week between Sanders’ supporters and party officials.
“Do people in Philadelphia, going to Philadelphia or any place else in America have the right to demonstrate, have the right to express their concerns? I thought that that was what the First Amendment of the Constitution was about?” Sanders said. “We're not encouraging anybody...but of course people have the right to peacefully assemble and make their views heard.”
ABC News(NATIONAL CITY, Calif.) -- Donald Trump's seemingly lavish lifestyle may include private jets, yachts and penthouse apartments, but Bernie Sanders isn't so sure that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is as wealthy as he suggests.
At a campaign event Saturday at Kimball Park in National City, California, Sanders told the crowd of thousands, Trump "tells us is he is a billionaire. Who knows? He is probably as broke as everybody else is.”
The Democratic presidential hopeful, who is campaigning in Southern California ahead of the state's June 7 primary, has expressed similar doubts in the past. At Saturday's rally, Sanders said Trump "doesn’t often tell the truth," and that includes claims about his wealth.
But as ABC News previously reported, Trump took in at least $619 million last year, according to an ABC News analysis of Trump's personal financial disclosure documents. He continues to refuse to release his full tax returns despite calls from both sides of the aisle to make them public, citing an ongoing audit. Trump has said repeatedly that he will release his returns once the audit is complete.
Also at the rally, Sanders also slammed Trump for "recklessly" talking about the use of nuclear weapons. "Our jobs is to rid this world of nuclear weapons,” the Vermont senator said.
Also taking to the stage at the event were comedian George Lopez and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" actress Shailene Woodley.
"Nothing is over yet and this movement is still going on strong," said Lopez, who also spoke in Spanish. "Every American deserves a better government."
Lopez continued, "You know, government is supposed to protect us citizens. Government is supposed to protect us, but somewhere along the way that stopped, it got lost. Money took over. Listen, money, I got money, it’s not everything. But I want you to have money, I want you to have education. I want you to be safe."
The former late night talk show host also took a jab at Trump, mimicking his affifnity for repeatedly telling his supporters "we're gonna win." Said Lopez, "We’re gonna win and we’re gonna win and we’re not gonna get tired of winning, we’re gonna keep winning. We’ll show you what winning looks like."
Woodley, 24, spoke about the need to be challenge the establishment.
"It’s important to remember very important to remember that our greatest defense against tyranny is our right to vote," she said. "And regardless of whether the establishment is willing to publicly admit it or not when people stand together, there’s really nothing we can’t do. You see in movements all around the world, right? They’ve been telling us for months since this campaign started that all odds are against us, but it’s not up to pundits, the media or the DNC, it’s up to us."
Sanders, meanwhile, continued to reiterate his key campaign message: "I’m running for president because together we are gonna create an economy that works for all of us not just wealthy campaign contributors," he said. "This campaign is going to win because we’re doing something very unusual in American politics. We are telling the truth. And the truth is that we have an enormous amount of greed in this country from Wall Street and corporate America. People who want it all and we’re here tonight to tell them they ain’t gonna get it all."
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Hillary Clinton fired back at Donald Trump Saturday for comments he made to the National Rifle Association, in which he spoke in favor of open carry laws and accused Clinton of wanting to take away the right to bear arms -- a position she has not taken.
In return, Clinton accused Trump of pandering to the gun lobby and for calling for calling for "dangerous" gun policies.
"This is someone running to be president of the United States of America, a country facing a gun violence epidemic and he's talking about more guns in our schools," the Democratic presidential frontrunner said during remarks at the Trayvon Martin Foundation's 3rd annual "Circle of Mothers" Dinner at the Embassy Suites in Ft. Lauderdale. "He's talking about more hatred and division in our streets, even about more nuclear weapons in the world. That's no way to keep us safe."
Speaking to a roomful of mothers who have lost children to gun violence, Clinton specifically criticized Trump's proposal to mandate that every school in the country allow guns in classrooms.
"That idea isn’t just way out there, it's dangerous," Clinton said.
"Parents, teachers and schools should have the right to keep guns out of classrooms. Just like Donald Trump does at many of his hotels by the way," she added.
Security and staff at several of Trump's hotels and golf courses have told ABC News that guests are not allowed to carry guns there. The Trump Organization, meanwhile, claims that's not true.
On Friday, Trump received the endorsement of the NRA after he delivered remarks at the organization's annual convention in Lousiville, Kentucky.
Trump used the platform to reiterate his policy promise to eliminate gun-free zones, which exist at some schools and at military bases. And he took aim at Clinton, who has called for stricter background checks and for closing gun-show loopholes that make it easier for people to get firearms.
"The Second Amendment is under a threat like never before," the former reality TV star said. "Crooked Hillary Clinton is the most anti-gun ... candidate ever to run for office. And, as I said before, she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. She wants to take your guns away. She wants to abolish it."
The Clinton campaign immediately denounced Trump’s characterization of her position on guns, tweeting: "You're wrong, @realDonaldTrump. We can uphold Second Amendment rights while preventing senseless gun violence."
The campaign is also fundraising off of it.
Earlier Saturday, Erica Smegielski, who lost her mother in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, sent a fundraising email on behalf of Clinton, calling out Trump for his position on guns.