Billionaire Democratic donor: Bernie Sanders is a ‘disaster zone’
Billionaire Democratic donor Haim Saban praised the party’s presidential candidates before slamming Sen. Bernie Sanders (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 Steyer, 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.
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