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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 SandersDeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump Manchin: Ocasio-Cortez 'more active on Twitter than anything else' MORE (I-Vt.), a current front-runner of the 2020 Democratic primary pack, excoriated President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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 WarrenOn The Money: McConnell offering new coronavirus relief bill | Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on relief | Rare Mnuchin-Powell spat takes center stage at COVID-19 hearing Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on struggling economy Louisville mayor declares racism a public health crisis MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate GOP's campaign arm rakes in M as Georgia runoffs heat up Biden, Harris to sit with CNN's Tapper in first post-election joint interview The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory BookerBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Policy center calls for new lawmakers to make diverse hires Dangerously fast slaughter speeds are putting animals, people at greater risk during COVID-19 crisis MORE (D-N.J.) and others.