Newsrooms are shocked that Sen. Bernie Sanders would question whether Hillary Clinton is "qualified" to be the next president, a charge that many in the press believe has dragged the Democratic primary into the gutter.
The Democratic primary has become "increasingly nasty," according to the Washington Times. A report from the Associated Press declared that things have turned "decidedly negative."
Sanders has launched "hard-hitting, personal attacks," according to Politico. The Washington Post characterized the current state of the race as "increasingly nasty."
NBC Nightly News reported that it had become a "nasty back-and-forth," while CBS Evening News said the race was "approaching the gutter."
Sanders and Clinton are currently engaged in a public spat over who is more qualified to be the next leader of the free world.
Clinton has never said outright that the Vermont lawmaker is "not qualified" to be president. She did, however, question his credentials during an interview this week on MSNBC.
After Clinton's remarks, the Washington Post published a story titled, "Clinton questions whether Sanders is qualified to be president."
Sanders soon went on the offense, and he shot back this week by saying that it is Clinton who is unqualified.
"She has been saying lately that she thinks that I am, quote unquote, not qualified to be president," he said Thursday in Philadelphia, adding later, "They're going to question my qualifications, well I'm going to question theirs."
And that's the extent of the fight between Sanders and Clinton: Two presidential candidates questioning whether the other is more qualified to lead the nation.
The Wall Street Journal was one of the few newsrooms to roll its eyes at the idea that the Democratic primary has taken a "savage turn."
"The pillow fight that has been the Democratic nomination contest took a savage turn this week, as Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders traded up for water balloons. Their little scuffle probably won't leave any marks, but it sure is entertaining," the paper's editorial board said this week.
(h/t Gabriel Malor)