Bernie Sanders: Trump 'has no political belief,' is 'a total phony'

Bernie Sanders: Trump 'has no political belief,' is 'a total phony'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE (I-Vt.) on Tuesday said he believes that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE "has no political belief" and is "a total phony," claiming that the president's views appear to have changed on abortion, health care and taxes.

"Look, he has no political beliefs, he is a total phony and a political opportunist," Sanders said on CNN's "New Day."

"This guy actually supported a tax on wealth, he was pro-choice but he moves with the wind and right now, he is an extreme right-winger because he thinks that’s how you get votes," he continued. 

In an October 1999 interview with NBC News, Trump said he was "very pro-choice." In an interview with CNN the following month, Trump proposed a one-time "net worth tax" on the rich.

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Sanders, who is considered a possible 2020 presidential contender, said Trump is doing "what no president in modern history has done," claiming that the president is "trying to divide the American people up based on the color of our skin or the country we came from or our religion or our sexual orientation."

Sanders has publicly condemned the president on numerous occasions, calling Trump the "most racist, sexist, homophobic, bigoted president in history." 

Pressed by CNN's John Berman over a possible presidential bid, Sanders said he has not yet made up his mind, adding that he believes the American people are tired of campaigns following this year's contentious midterm elections. Sanders said he wants to give people a moment to "catch their breath."