Bernie Sanders Calls Trump a Fraud and an Authoritarian

Sanders told CNN's "State of the Union" he doesn't "mean to be disrespectful [but] this guy is a fraud".

Tapper had pointed out that a study from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government found that some community banks were having trouble complying with the law.

However, Sanders says there's a far more troubling symbolism reflected in the abundance of Wall Street veterans Trump has appointed to his cabinet and the cozy alliance emerging between House Republicans and the Trump Administration. "These guys are getting away with murder, '" Sanders said.

'And then suddenly he appoints all these billionaires, ' the progressive crusader continued. "These are people who are going to go after the needs of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick, and the poor".

But he has since blasted the President's appointments and decision making, which he said would lead to cuts in key welfare pograms such as social security, Medicare and Medicaid.

The criticism obviously carries extra weight because this is an issue on which there was seemingly potential overlap between Trump and Sanders supporters.

"But I think he is going to sell out the middle class, the working class, of this country". The former Democratic presidential candidate praised Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, even noting he'd be "delighted" to work with him in the future on policies that are positive for the average American worker.

Pointing again to the people that Trump has since hired, Sanders said, 'That is called hypocrisy'.

"I hope that all of those folks who voted for Mr. Trump because he thought he would stand up for working people", Sanders began to say before thinking better of it. "Man, he is a good showman, I'll give him that".

Sanders called on Republicans to "have the courage to stand up to Trump's movement towards authoritarianism". "Look at his appointees", Sanders said.

Sanders was taking issue with Donald Trump's promise to middle-class voters in the U.S., to drain the swamp and create a cabinet that rejected the elite.

  • Eleanor Harrison