Sanders Rips Trump in Fiery Interview: ‘This Guy’s A Fraud Who Will Sell Out Working Class Americans’
Progressive firebrand Bernie Sanders wasn’t holding anything back in regards to Trump during a Sunday appearance on CNN‘s “State of the Union.”
CNN Host Jake Tapper and Sanders were discussing Trump’s recent executive order limiting Dodd-Frank, a set of financial regulations put into place following the economic crash of 2008.
As conservative website Forbes reports, Trump was aiming to “wave goodbye to the Dodd Frank Act… with a stroke of the pen.”
“Today we are signing core principles for regulating the United States financial system,” Trump said when signing the order. Earlier in the day, he said he expected “to be cutting a lot out of Dodd Frank.”
Tapper began that portion of the interview by playing a clip of Trump talking with Jamie Dimon, the CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase.
“I have so many people, friends of mine, that have nice businesses, they can’t borrow money,” he remarks, adding: They just can’t get any money, because the banks just won’t let them borrow because of the rules and regulations in Dodd-Frank. So, we will be talking about that.”
Pointing out that Sanders has “long called for stronger banking regulation,” Tappers asks him if he sees “any upside to relaxing any of the Dodd Frank regulations.”
Sanders responded, telling Tapper that “it is hard not to laugh” at seeing “Trump alongside these Wall Street guys.”
“This guy is a fraud,” he continued. “This guy ran for president of the United States saying, ‘I, Donald Trump, I’m going to take on Wall Street. These guys are getting away with murder.'”
And then, suddenly, he appoints all these billionaires. His major financial adviser comes from Goldman Sachs. And now he is going to dismantle legislation that protects consumers.
This is a guy who ran for president saying, “I’m going — I’m the only Republican, I’m not going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”
And then he appoints all of these guys who are precisely going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Sanders went on to predict that Trump would “sell out the middle class and the working class of this country.”
Tapper brought up Trump’s campaign promises to stand up for the working people, and Sanders pointed out the hypocrisy of his administration:
Look at his Cabinet. We have never had more billionaires in a Cabinet in the history of this country. Look at his appointees. These are people who are going to after the needs of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor. That is called hypocrisy.
He also warned that “people like Mitch McConnell, who you just had on, who is a mainstream conservative politician, are going to be put into a very, very difficult place.”
And I would hope that people like Senator McConnell and other Republicans have the courage to stand up, A, to Trump’s movement toward authoritarianism, toward a situation where Trump says, “Everybody is terrible and wrong. I’m the only guy who can protect the American people.”
You know what? Men and women in our military did not stand up and fight and die to lead us in a direction of an authoritarian society. We’re 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 concluded that portion of the interview by stating that he hoped that Republicans would stand up to Trump and remind him that America is “not a one-man show.”
I hope that Senator McConnell, who is a decent guy, conservative guy — I disagree with him on everything. But I would hope that he and his Republican friends will make it clear to Trump that this country belongs to all of us, and it’s not a one-man show.
You can watch Sanders discussing Trump in the clip below and you can go here to watch the full interview with Tapper.