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Donald Trump won’t debate Bernie Sanders, but John and Ken will

Bernie Sanders prepares to speak at a rally in San Bernardino on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Bernie Sanders prepares to speak at a rally in San Bernardino on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The Sacramento Bee

Bernie Sanders continued with his gambit to debate Donald Trump in California, issuing a statement Friday suggesting he’s received two offers from TV networks to broadcast the clash between the Democratic presidential hopeful who won’t quit and the presumptive Republican nominee.

Trump shot down Sanders’ hopes within moments Friday, calling it inappropriate to debate the almost-certain second-place finisher. “I will wait to debate the first-place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably ‘Crooked Hillary Clinton,’ or whoever it may be,” Trump said.

With Trump refusing, Sanders’ radio appearance this week offers a sampling of how a clash with the New York businessman might have progressed. Appearing on KFI’s “John and Ken Show,” an afternoon program in which hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou regularly pillory politicians, it didn’t take long for a confrontation.

Sanders was asked about his criticism, in Anaheim no less, of Disney CEO Bob Iger for earning nearly $47 million in total compensation last year. Iger, in his own defense on Facebook, said Disney created 11,000 new jobs at Disneyland over the past decade. He also called out Sanders’ record, which the Vermont senator was asked about on KFI.

“It’s pretty vague, your background. What have you done in your life?” Sanders was asked.

He pointed to his time in the Senate, the House, and as mayor of Burlington, Vt.

“Yeah, but have you ever not been paid by taxpayers?” the hosts pressed.

They were just getting started, warming up for a later question that ticked through Sanders’ proposals to expand government through health care and tuition programs, and presumably how those might be accomplished when, the “VA (is) feeding cockroaches to veterans in Chicago.”

After back and forth, Sanders was done.

“Look, look, I got your point. You don’t like government and I appreciate it ...”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago