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Sanders on WaPost: Those ‘geniuses’ backed Iraq War

Hours after The Washington Post penned a scathing editorial about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), calling his campaign for the White House fiction, the Democratic presidential hopeful defended his campaign platform and slammed the newspaper’s editorial board for its past support for the Iraq War, according to a Post report.

{mosads}During a Bloomberg Politics breakfast, Sanders said of the Post, “check out where all the geniuses on the editorial page were with regard to the invasion of Iraq.”

The editorial on Thursday accused him of telling liberal voters what they wanted to hear, and said that Sanders needs “a reality check.”

“Mr. Sanders is not a brave truth-teller,” the editorial stated. “He is a politician selling his own brand of fiction to a slice of the country that eagerly wants to buy it.”

Sanders shot back, saying that the paper was repeating an argument that his campaign has been refuting for months.

“That’s not a new argument. We’ve been hearing that months and months, and that’s in a sense what this campaign is about,” he said.
“People are telling us, whether it’s the Washington Post editorial board or anybody else, our ideas are too ambitious — can’t happen. Too bold, really? Well, here’s something which is really bold. In the last 30 years, there has been a massive transfer of wealth from the middle class and working families of this country. The middle class has become poorer and trillions of dollars have been transferred to the top one-tenth of 1 percent.”
“Where was the Washington Post to express concern that the middle class was shrinking?” he added.
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