Sanders says Trump administration based on 'hatred and lies'

Sanders says Trump administration based on 'hatred and lies'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg draws fresh scrutiny, attacks in sprint to Iowa MORE (I-Vt.), a current front-runner of the 2020 Democratic primary pack, excoriated President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE at a campaign rally in South Carolina. 

“Today, I want to welcome you to a campaign which says, loudly and clearly, that the underlying principles of our government will not be greed, kleptocracy, hatred and lies. It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and religious bigotry. That is what the Trump administration is about, and that is what we are going to end,” he told a rapt North Charleston crowd.

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The Vermont senator has repeatedly berated Trump as “a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and a fraud.”

Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, cast a stark contrast between his upbringing and that of the president, who came from a wealthy family.

“Unlike Donald Trump, I did not come from a family of privilege that prepared me to entertain people on television by telling workers: 'You’re fired.' I came from a family who knew all too well the frightening power employers can have over ordinary working people,” he said. 

The comments come after a widespread college admissions scandal was uncovered in which wealthy donors bribed coaches to recruit students for athletic programs or paid people to help cheat on college entrance exams.

Sanders is currently leading most other declared presidential candidates in a primary contest that has become as much about highlighting Trump’s character as opposing his policies. He is currently facing off against Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Castro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Buttigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice president MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisCastro hits fundraising threshold for December debate Poll: Majority of voters name TV as primary news source Buttigieg: Harris 'deserves to be under anybody's consideration' for vice president MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro hits fundraising threshold for December debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi says House will move forward with impeachment Booker: Primary voters 'being denied' their candidates of choice MORE (D-N.J.) and others.