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Sanders: Trump ‘Is A Fraud’ Who’s Taking Our Country In An ‘Authoritarian Direction’

President Trump is a “fraud” for telling voters he would fight Wall Street insiders, then appointing business leaders to key governmental positions, according to Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Common Dreams reported that the Vermont independent blasted Trump for proposing repeal of important parts of the Dodd-Frank law which Congress passed during the 2008 financial crisis. The measure created new regulations for the big banks and other financial institutions. Sanders also ripped the president for sitting down with top corporate executives on Friday.

“I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but this guy’s a fraud,” the senator declared on CNN. “We have a president, I fear very much, (who) is moving us in a very authoritarian direction. It is hard not to laugh to see President Trump sitting alongside these Wall Street guys.”

Sanders continued: “This guy ran for the president of the United States saying, ‘I’m Donald Trump and I’m gonna take on Wall Street — these guys are getting away with murder.’ But suddenly he appoints all these billionaires; his major financial adviser comes from Goldman Sachs; and now he's gonna dismantle legislation that protects consumers. This is a guy who ran for president saying, ‘I’m the only Republicans who’s 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.”

The senator told CNN’s Jake Tapper: “I hope those that all of those folks who voted for Mr. Trump — because they thought he would stand up for working people — man ... and he’s a good showman, I will give him that ... but I think he's gonna sell out the middle class and the working class of this country.”

On another topic, Sanders pledged to fight Republican efforts to require a simple Senate majority to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Under current rules, Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch would need 60 votes to prevent a Democratic filibuster. “I want a Supreme Court "that is going to stand up to civil liberties; for our constitutional rights; for the rights of workers; for environmental rights; for the rights of women,” Sanders said. “So yes, 60 votes to appoint the next Supreme Court justice.”

Arguing that “we are living in a dangerous and unprecedented moment in modern American history,” the senator pointed out that the court will decide “whether we continue Citizens United and allow billionaires to buy elections ... whether or not we continue Roe vs. Wade and allow a woman to control her own body … whether or not we have a court that protects the right of the government to make sure climate change is dealt with and whether workers have the right to join unions.”

Sanders accused the president of demonstrating “contempt for the entire judiciary” during the weekend, when he wrote several tweets slamming the federal judge who issued a temporary stay on an executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The senator also used the CNN interview to express his support for Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison in the race for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He predicted that Ellison, a Muslim, would help the party “fundamentally change the way it does business.”

Source: Common Dreams
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