Sanders: Trump is 'a fraud'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants 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 TrumpOhio Republican who voted to impeach Trump says he won't seek reelection Youngkin breaks with Trump on whether Democrats will cheat in the Virginia governor's race Trump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race 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.