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11/27/2016 10:11 am ET Updated Nov 27, 2016

Bernie Sanders Gets Frustrated With CNN Host's Election Recount Questions

The Vermont senator wanted to talk about holding Donald Trump accountable.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) appeared to get annoyed with CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday for asking him to respond to the Trump campaign manager’s criticism of the Wisconsin recount.

Bash, who was guest-hosting CNN’s “State of the Union,” first asked Sanders to respond to the news that Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein had demanded a recount of the votes in Wisconsin. The campaign of 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton announced that it will participate in the recount as well.

“No one expects there to be profound change, but there’s nothing wrong with going through the process,” Sanders said, before pivoting to a discussion of whether President-elect Donald Trump would remain true to his campaign promises.

But Bash continued to press Sanders on the matter, asking him to respond to comments by Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway criticizing the recount.

Sanders, visibly frustrated, interjected before she could complete the question.

“Dana, this is exactly the issue. Nobody cares!” Sanders exclaimed.

“The Green Party has the legal right. Republicans have requested ― I think the governor of North Carolina right now is thinking about doing a recount,” he continued.

“That’s a legal right. They do it. I don’t think that Hillary Clinton, who got 2 million more votes than Mr. Trump in the popular election, said it’s going to transform the election,” he concluded. “But do people have the legal right to do it? Yeah, we do.”

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