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 SandersGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP MORE (I-Vt.), a current front-runner of the 2020 Democratic primary pack, excoriated President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit 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 WarrenGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE (D-N.J.) and others.