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 SandersSanders won't vote for bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Politics of discontent: Who will move to the center and win back Americans' trust? MORE (I-Vt.) fired back at President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations 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."


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 CummingsDemocrats plot next move after GOP sinks Jan. 6 probe Lawmakers press AbbVie CEO on increased US prices of two drugs Overnight Health Care: AstraZeneca may have included outdated data on vaccine trial, officials say | Pelosi says drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package | Biden administration extends special ObamaCare enrollment until August 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."