Sanders: Cummings fights every day to improve life in this country

Sanders: Cummings fights every day to improve life in this country
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Unhappy voters could deliver political shocks beyond Trump Democratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed plane Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mount Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' MORE (I-Vt.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, defended House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsFacial recognition tools under fresh scrutiny amid police protests The sad spectacle of Trump's enablers Democrat Kweisi Mfume wins House primary in Maryland MORE (D-Md). Sunday morning following President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE's attack on the high-ranking Democrat. 

"It's unbelievable that we have a president of the United Stated who attacks American cities, who attacks Americans who attacks somebody who is a friend of mine," Sanders said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." 


Sanders called Cummings one of the most "decent" politicians and said the congressman works every day to improve life in this country. 



Trump tweeted Saturday calling Cummings a "brutal bully" and attacked the city of Baltimore which falls in Cummings district. 

He doubled down on his attack Sunday, claiming Cummings has done "so little for the people of Baltimore." 

Sanders told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCarson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Officials couldn't reach Trump on golf course to delete retweet of video showing man chanting 'white power': report Democratic officials, governors push for nationwide mask mandate as administration defends state-by-state approach MORE Trump's constant attacks will not be helpful in his reelection campaign. 

The progressive said Americans are struggling in urban, suburban and rural areas. 

The president's job, he said, is to "bring people together to improve life for all people." 

"Not to have a racist president," Sanders said. 

"If people are behind those issues," he said, noting some of his own progressive proposals, "they will not accept a president who divides us up on the color our skin."