Trump Campaign Responds to Bernie Sanders' Endorsement of Joe Biden, Says 'No One Excited' About Biden Campaign

President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign responded to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' Monday endorsement of Joe Biden, saying "no one is excited" about the former vice president's candidacy.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale released a statement Monday responding to Sanders' live-streamed endorsement of Biden. Sanders dropped out of the race last week after starting the 2020 primary process as the front-runner in several early contests. Biden, who is set to be nominated at the Democratic National Convention in August, will face Trump in the November election.

The Trump campaign appears poised to highlight divisions between the Democratic Party's progressive and moderate wings by echoing the lack of excitement many Sanders supporters have expressed about Biden's candidacy. But both Biden and Sanders told supporters Monday they are prepared to join forces to remove Trump from office.

"This is further proof that even though Bernie Sanders won't be on the ballot in November, his issues will be. Biden had to adopt most of Bernie's agenda to be successful in the Democrat primaries," Parscale's statement reads. "One thing that is missing is enthusiasm, however, as almost no one is excited about a Biden candidacy. And while Biden is the Democrat establishment's candidate, President Trump remains the disruptor candidate who has brought change to Washington."

The statement concluded: "President Trump's supporters will run through a brick wall to vote for him. Nobody is running through a brick wall for Joe Biden."

Sanders' endorsement Monday was graciously accepted and praised by Biden, who said he plans on working with supporters of the progressive senator's campaign. Sanders labeled Trump the "most dangerous" president in the nation's history as he railed against Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic over the past several months.

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Senator Bernie Sanders, with his wife and Vice President Joe Biden, during a re-enacted swearing-in on January 3, 2013. On April 13, Sanders endorsed Biden for president. Getty Images/CHIP SOMODEVILLA

"I know we share the understanding that we've got to go forward," Sanders told Biden on the live stream. "Today, I am asking all Americans, every Democrat, every independent and a lot of Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse."

Biden replied: "Bernie I want to thank you for that, and it's a big deal. I think that your endorsement means a great deal, and it means a great deal to me. I think people will be surprised we're actually a lot closer on many issues."

Trump's re-election campaign announced Monday it had raised $212 million in the first quarter of 2020, bringing its total haul to $677 million.

"Americans can see President Trump leading this nation through a serious crisis, and they are responding with their continued enthusiastic support for his re-election," Parscale said in the statement. "Joe Biden, Democrats and the media continue to oppose his every action, but the people know that President Trump is fighting for them, so they are fighting for him as well."