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Sanders pushes back on Trump attack: His 'lies and racism' never end

Sanders pushes back on Trump attack: His 'lies and racism' never end
© Aaron Schwartz

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' What a Biden administration should look like Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE (I-Vt.) fired back at President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE on Monday after the president said the 2020 presidential hopeful should be "labeled a Racist" for previously comparing Baltimore to a "Third World country."

"Trump's lies and racism never end," Sanders tweeted. "While I have been fighting to lift the people of Baltimore and elsewhere out of poverty with good paying jobs, housing and health care, he has been attacking workers and the poor."

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Trump tweeted Monday morning "Sanders recently equated the City of Baltimore to a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY," referring to remarks the senator made in 2015 after touring Baltimore following riots over the death of Freddie Gray, an African American man who died in police custody. 

"Based on that statement, I assume that Bernie must now be labeled a Racist, just as a Republican would if he used that term and standard!" Trump tweeted.

Sanders made the comments about Baltimore in December 2015, when he was in the midst of his first presidential run.

"Anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you're in a wealthy nation," Sanders told reporters at the Freddie Gray Empowerment Center, according to The Baltimore Sun. "You would think that you were in a Third World country."

Trump's comments about Sanders came after he previously attacked Baltimore and Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene Cummings'Kamala' and 'Kobe' surge in popularity among baby names Women of color flex political might Black GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview MORE (D-Md.) in tweets. 

The president's tweets describing the city as "disgusting" and "rodent infested" were widely denounced as racist by Democrats, including Sanders, though the president has denied they were racist.

Sanders called Trump's tweets "unbelievable" Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."