Sen. Franken: ‘I’m Not Sure That You Have to Be Trump to Beat Trump’

As Senator Al Franken spoke with Chris Matthews tonight about Hillary Clinton‘s new book, Franken said he doesn’t think Democrats running against President Trump should need to one-up him.

Matthews and Franken talked about Clinton’s response in the book to Trump walking close to her during the second debate, and Matthews made this observation:

“You know what’s happened in politics under Trump. But if he runs again, it’ll happen again. It’s not about resumé or qualifications, necessarily, or preparation or seriousness. It’s about how you behave on the stage… It’s on the stage, it’s in the moment. How do you take on a guy like Trump in the moment without just being more of a smart-aleck than he is?”

Franken responded, “I’m not sure that you have to be Trump to beat Trump.”

The Minnesota senator––who has been talked about as a 2020 contender himself––told Matthews to think about just how different the past few Presidents have been from their predecessors (Bush to Obama, Obama to Trump), and said, “Maybe the next person to run against Trump shouldn’t feed into your narrative there, which is always a mistake, Chris.”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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