Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) entered the crowded Democrat Party primary on Tuesday warning President Donald Trump is a “racist,” “sexist,” “xenophobe” and “pathological liar” and urging the press to help sell his brand of socialism to American voters.
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“Bottom line for me is, I think it is absolutely imperative that Donald Trump be defeated,” the socialist senator told CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson in an interview that aired Tuesday. “It is unacceptable and un-American, to be frank with you, that we have a president who is a pathological liar and it gives me no pleasure to say that, but it’s true.”
Trump is unprecedentedly dividing Americans, Sanders argued.
“We have a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, who is doing what no president in our lifetimes has come close to doing and that is, trying to divide us up,” he continued. “Presidents – even conservative presidents, liberal presidents – they understand our function is to bring our people together. This guy is trying to divide us up. That has got to end.”
Sanders argued the radical, socialist ideas he campaigned on in 2016 pioneered a socialist revolution in the United States. While his proposals were disregarded as “extreme” at the time, Sanders boasted, they have evolved to becoming “part of the political mainstream.”
“What I am very proud of, in a sense, this campaign is a continuation of what we did in 2016,” he said. “You will recall – many of the ideas that I talked about, Medicare for all, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, making public universities and colleges tuition-free, spending at least a trillion dollars in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, criminal justice reform – all of those ideas people say, ‘Oh Bernie they are so radical, they are extreme,’ – the American people just won’t accept those ideas.
“You know what’s happened over three years? All of those ideas and many more are not part of the political mainstream and the majority of the American people now support it. What this campaign is about is understanding that three years ago we began the political revolution. Now it’s time to complete that revolution and to take that vision and implement it into reality.”
Questioning how Sanders plans on distinguishing his campaign from that of his Democratic opponents in 2020, Dickerson offered a campaign slogan.
“Is that your argument, then, against your competitors?” Dickerson asked. “‘I was Medicare-for-all before Medicare-for-all was cool?’”
Sanders chuckled and replied, “I guess that’s one way of looking at it.”
Dickerson followed up by pointing out the detriments of government-run health care.
“Polls show 70% are in favor of Medicare-for-all. But that number drops to 37% if somebody hears private insurance is going to go away, which is what your plan offers,” he noted. “You’re offering something that the polling shows people can get very spooked very quickly about…The other challenge to your health care plan will be cost. People will say, my goodness, there’s no way this is – everybody’s going to get covered.”
Sanders refraining from detailing how his radical Medicare-for-all proposal would be implemented, and instead scolded the media for not adequately inundating Americans with propaganda promoting what a “good deal [socialism] would be for people.”
“Now I need you in the media to help us explain the truth,” he chided. “No more out-of-pocket expenses, no more deductibles. The cost of prescription drugs is gonna go down. We expand the kinds of coverage available for senior citizens. It’s a good deal.”