Sanders: Trump presidency would be 'absolute disaster'
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A Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE presidency would be an "absolute disaster," Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSchumer: Franken should resign Franken resignation could upend Minnesota races Avalanche of Democratic senators say Franken should resign MORE (I-Vt.) says. 

"I’m a United States senator, and I have a responsibility to the people of my state — also to the people of this country," Sanders said in an interview with The Nation published Tuesday.

"The first thing that I’ve got to think about is: What does a Donald Trump presidency mean for the people of my state and for the people of this country? And for the people of the world? I think it would be an absolute disaster," he said of the Republican presidential nominee. 

"It would be beyond a disaster. Therefore, as a United States senator, I’ve got to do everything that I can to make sure that Trump does not become president."

Sanders said his goal isn't to say “Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE is the best thing in the history of the world — she’s great, she’s wonderful, she’s terrific."

"The point is not to say that we love Hillary Clinton or that we agree with her on all of the issues. The goal is to go above that and ask: Which candidate will do a better job for middle-class and working-class families? I think the answer is obvious."

Sanders touted that he and other progressives would push Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, to become more progressive herself. 

"I’m not going to sit here and say to you that Hillary Clinton is going to be great on all these issues with absolute confidence. That’s not what I’m saying," Sanders said.

"I’m saying that on many, many issues, her views are progressive. In many areas, they are awesome. Where they’re not progressive, we’ve got to push her, and the day after the election, we will mobilize millions of people to make sure that we make her the most progressive president that she can be."

Sanders mounted a major challenge to Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, winning 22 states before endorsing Clinton shortly before the Democratic National Convention in July. He has since hit the campaign trail on her behalf, including for a series of events in Ohio over the weekend.