Sanders: Trump is 'a fraud'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDems wonder if Sherrod Brown could be their magic man My fellow Democrats should watch their language: Economic equality is not a rational societal goal As Democrats gear up to challenge Trump in 2020, the key political divide will be metropolitan versus rural MORE (I-Vt.) on Sunday said President Donald Trump is a fraud for appointing billionaires to his Cabinet after campaigning against corruption on Wall Street.

“It is hard not to laugh to see President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE alongside these Wall Street guys,” Sanders told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I don’t mean to be disrespectful. This guy is a fraud. This guy ran for president of the United States saying ‘I, Donald Trump, I’m going to take on Wall Street. These guys are getting away with murder.’ Then suddenly he appoints all these billionaires,” Sanders said.

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Sanders, who in his own campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination also railed against corruption on Wall Street, said Trump is now “working for Wall Street.” 

Trump appointed Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive, to be secretary of the Treasury. Mnuchin has yet to be confirmed, as Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee last week boycotted a vote on the nominee.

Trump also nominated investor Wilbur Ross to be the secretary of Commerce and Betsy DeVos, a prominent donor to Republican politicians, to head the Department of Education.

Sanders slammed Trump for choosing Cabinet nominees who the senator argued will cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

“I think he’s going to sell out the middle class and the working class of this country,” Sanders said.