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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 SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief 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."

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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 SteyerTom SteyerGOP targets ballot initiatives after progressive wins On The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far 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.