Senator Sanders on President Trump: ‘This guy is a fraud’


sen sandersVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that President Donald Trump is “a fraud” and is working with Wall Street as he looks to roll back some banking regulations.

“It is hard not to laugh, to see President Trump alongside these Wall Street guys. I have to say this, Jake, and I don’t mean to be disrespectful, this guy is a fraud,” Sanders told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Sanders criticized Trump for appointing “all of these billionaires” to his Cabinet, and singled out his major financial adviser, who comes from Goldman Sachs.

The Vermont senator said that during his campaign, Trump said he would not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid but “then he appoints all of these guys who are precisely going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”

“Man, this guy, he’s a good showman, I’ll give him that. He’s a good TV guy,” said Sanders, who battled Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary before endorsing her. Sanders’ campaign was based on attacking the nation’s dominant financial interests and income inequality, among other things.

“I think he is going to sell out the middle class and the working class of this country,” Sanders continued. “He told us, in fact, it’s in the Republican platform, he’s going to bring back Glass-Steagall, we’re going to be dividing up commercial banks from investment banks to insurance companies. Then he has all of the big Wall Street guys on his side, and now he is working for Wall Street.”

Sanders, a consistent advocate for more regulations for Wall Street, also called out Trump’s campaign as hypocritical.

“You have a president who, I think, in a totally fraudulent campaign said, ‘I’m going to stand up for the working people.’ Look at his Cabinet, we never had more billionaires in a Cabinet in the history of this country. Look at his appointees,” he said. “These are people who are going to go after the needs of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor. That is called hypocrisy.”

Sanders said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans need to “have the courage to stand up to Trump’s movement towards authoritarianism.”

“Many men and women of our military did not stand up and fight and die to lead us in the direction of an authoritarian society. We are a democracy, not a one-man show. We are not another Trump enterprise. It’s called the United States of America. We’re not a business run by Mr. Trump,” Sanders said.

Sanders also weighed in on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

He told Tapper that he fears Trump is “moving us in a very authoritarian direction,” mentioning how Trump criticized U.S. District Court Judge James Robart on Saturday by calling him a “so-called judge,” and wants to see someone fill the Supreme Court seat that will “stand up for civil liberties.”

Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court last week.

“I want a Supreme Court that is going to stand up for civil liberties, for constitutional rights, for the rights of workers, for environmental rights, for the rights of women,” Sanders said.




4 responses to “Senator Sanders on President Trump: ‘This guy is a fraud’”

  1. Bernie is a multi millionaire socialist with a real estate portfolio whose wife gave herself a huge salary from a private college she bankrupted. He became a Democrat just before he ran for prez and left the day after he quit the race. He pays an accountant to mitigate his taxes but calls on people making less than him to pay more.
    And Trump is a fraud?

    1. Yes you are right about Trump

      According to Sanders 2015 tax report, he and his wife paid $27,653 in federal income tax and another $7,903 in Vermont income tax . The couple paid an effective tax rate of 19.6 percent on their federal taxable income of $140,994.

      Sanders reported receiving $156,441 from his Senate job, after contributions to a savings plan and health insurance. The couple reported receiving another $46,213 in Social Security benefits, of which $39,281 was taxable.

      Sanders also reported income of $4,982 from the pension he receives having been mayor of Burlington, Vt., in the 1980s. And his wife had another $4,900 in compensation for sitting on a commission devoted to the management of low-level radioactive waste disposal.

      I am not crazy about Sanders , but at least he is honest and disclosed his income tax return and it is now public information, while Trump refused to disclose his income tax return .
      I think you should compare them after Trump releases his tax returns

      1. I will never have back the 60 seconds it took me to read this.

      2. You revealed you’re no Lebanese..waow

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