Bernie Sanders Says He Believes He'd 'Soundly' Defeat Donald Trump

"Thankfully, most Americans are not like Donald Trump," Sanders says.

ByABC News
February 27, 2016, 4:17 PM

— -- Bernie Sanders unloaded on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump during his mega-rally in Austin, Texas, this afternoon, focusing the crowd's attention at the end of his remarks beyond the primary fight and straight to the general election.

"I believe that Donald Trump's idea of dividing us up is a horrific un-American idea. I believe that not only can we win this democratic nominating process, but we can defeat Trump and defeat him soundly," Sanders said.

He went on to list a number of topics where he believes Trump's ideas are out of touch with the American people, ranging from from tax breaks for the nation's top earners, to climate change, wages, and immigration.

"We will defeat Trump because the American people do not want a president who insults Mexicans, Muslims, who insults women, African-Americans and veterans, and basically anybody who is not like Donald Trump and, thankfully, most Americans are not like Donald Trump," Sanders said.

For months on the campaign trail, Sanders casually mentioned the businessman, especially when talking about immigration or climate change, but the senator's specific focus and long list today about why would defeat Trump was unique.

"We will defeat Trump because our campaign is bringing people together, not dividing them," he said. "We will win because togetherness trumps divisiveness. Community trumps selfishness. And love trumps hate."

The crowd erupted in cheers.

More than 10,000 people attended the outdoor rally in Austin, according to the campaign and venue officials. The event was one of many of its kind over the last few days as Sanders continues a whirlwind schedule of campaign events across the country, covering 10 states this week alone.

Sanders, notably, did not mention the primary race in South Carolina under way today.