Billionaire Democratic donor: Bernie Sanders is a 'disaster zone'

Billionaire Democratic donor Haim Saban praised the party's presidential candidates before slamming Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.) as a "disaster zone" in an interview published Wednesday.

"We love all 23 candidates," Saban told The Hollywood Reporter.

"No, minus one. I profoundly dislike Bernie Sanders, and you can write it. I don't give a hoot. He's a communist under the cover of being a socialist. He thinks that every billionaire is a crook. He calls us 'the billionaire class.' And he attacks us indiscriminately. 'It's the billionaire class, the bad guys.' This is how communists think. So, 22 are great. One is a disaster zone."

Saban, a media mogul, and his wife, Cheryl Saban, donate millions to political candidates, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In response, Sanders added Saban Wednesday to a newly-created list of "anti-endorsements," where the billionaire joined a list of other wealthy industry heads that have criticized the Vermont lawmaker.

Sanders has centered his presidential campaign in opposition to extreme accumulation of wealth by a few Americans when others struggle with basic necessities.

When Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerAnalysis: 2020 digital spending vastly outpaces TV ads The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's new controversy Sanders, Yang to miss CNN's town hall on LGBTQ issues MORE, another billionaire, entered the Democratic race Tuesday, Sanders said he was a "bit tired of seeing billionaires trying to buy political power."

The Vermont lawmaker has rejected high-dollar fundraisers during his campaign, focusing on grass-roots contributions.

Sanders raised $18 million in the second quarter of 2019 from more than 1 million contributions, 99 percent of which were $100 or less, according to his campaign.