Sanders to deliver his own State of the Union response

Sanders to deliver his own State of the Union response
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy MORE (I-Vt.) is planning to offer his own response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE's first State of the Union speech Tuesday evening.

Sanders — an independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats — will deliver his speech via social media shortly after Trump's address, according to his office.

Sanders's office didn't hint at what the Vermont lawmaker will say. But he simultaneously blasted out a note to supporters from his campaign account knocking Trump and predicting what the president won't discuss during the prime-time address.


"He will surely not be apologizing for the many lies he told American voters: how he promised to defend the interests of working people, but then sold them out to Wall Street and the billionaire class," Sanders said in the note to supporters.

He added that Trump "will also not be talking about the role that he has played in significantly lowering the respect that people all over the planet have for the United States" or "his support for authoritarianism abroad."

It will be the second year that Sanders has given his own speech separate from the formal Democratic response, which is being given this year by Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.).

Sanders used his speech last year to urge his supporters to "continue the fight" and publicly push back against the Trump administration.