Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' Warren says she will unveil plan to finance 'Medicare for All' Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE trained his fire on Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE during a Monday rally in Atlantic City, N.J., characterizing the economic struggles of the once-booming resort city as indicative of where Trump would take the country.

It took Sanders just minutes to bring up Trump, launching into a tirade as his supporters booed.

“The greed and recklessness we’ve seen from people like Donald Trump,” he said, before trailing off to ask the crowd if they are familiar with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

“You know, he’s a brilliant, successful businessman who can bring the kind of prosperity to America today that he brought to Atlantic City, is that your point?” he asked the audience sarcastically.


He went on to slam Trump’s “greed,” highlighting his call to eliminate the estate tax and accused him of not wanting to raise the minimum wage — an issue Trump has waffled on in the past week.

And Sanders framed Trump as dangerous to both the social fabric and economic welfare of America.

“We are not going to allow the Trumps of the world to divide us up. … We are strongest when we are standing together and standing together,” he said, after running down a list of groups that Trump has confronted while on the trail. 

“At the end of the day, love always trumps hatred.”

The Vermont senator spoke near the Taj Mahal casino, a former Trump property bought by billionaire Carl Icahn, a Trump supporter that Sanders also criticized throughout the speech.

Sanders is fighting an uphill battle in the Democratic nomination, trailing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision MORE by almost 300 pledged delegates with just a handful of races left. But while the math is against him, Sanders said strong performances in New Jersey, California and the rest of the remaining states could rocket him to the nomination. 

Many Democrats and Clinton allies have called on Sanders to tone down the attacks on Clinton, the likely nominee, and either bow out or shift his focus to attacking Trump for the good of the party.

While the lion’s share of Sanders’s speech focused either on his stump lines or on attacks on Trump, he built to his direct critiques of Clinton toward the end.

“We need a president who has opposed every one of these disastrous trade agreements, not a president who has supported, like Hillary Clinton, almost every one of these trade agreements,” Sanders said, kicking off a list of contrasts between the two candidates.

“We’re not going to think small — justice is what we are going to think about.”