Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is jumping into 2020’s presidential race according to a video announcement Tuesday. Sanders joins other 2020 Democratic hopefuls including Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar. This not Sanders’ first rodeo, in fact, he ran a 2016 presidential campaign.
Taking Down Trump
In his campaign announcement video, Sanders called President Trump “The most dangerous president in modern American history.” Sanders also called Trump a ‘pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, and an authoritarian.’
According to the newly launched campaign site, “No one candidate, not even the greatest candidate you could imagine, is capable of taking on Donald Trump and the billionaire class alone. There is only one way we win — and that is together.”
Trump told members of the press Tuesday that he likes “Bernie.”
“Personally, I think he missed his time. I wish Bernie well. It will be interesting to see how he does. He was not treated with respect by Clinton,” said Trump.
Trump: "I like Bernie." https://t.co/aJwJCumhJD
"Personally, I think he missed his time. I wish Bernie well. It will be interesting to see how he does. He was not treated with respect by Clinton." pic.twitter.com/YqX3p7pqYb
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 19, 2019
The Socialist Revolution
Sanders’ campaign will focus on social, economic, and environmental justice. Sanders is a longtime opponent of the “top 1%”, referring to the American rich. The campaign is a grassroots movement with volunteers in all 50 states. His site explicitly says “Paid for by Bernie 2020 (not the billionaires)”
“They may have the money and power, we have the people,” said Sanders. The campaign has already raised $1 million in its first day.
Powerful special interests may have the money, but we have the people. Supporters from all 50 states have donated to our unprecedented grassroots campaign. Say you're in: https://t.co/4YhCuNlKEk pic.twitter.com/d32UxxRi9q
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2019
Following Sexual Assault Allegations
The campaign announcement comes on the heels of sexual assault allegations from the 2016 campaign.
A Politico report highlighted that over two dozen 2016 campaign staffers requested a meeting to “discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the purpose of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle,” according to a letter obtained by Politico.
.@BernieSanders on reports of sexism & sexual harassment in 2016 campaign: "I learned that that was true and it breaks my heart… In this campaign for president, we are going to have the strongest protocols to protect women and anybody else against any form of harassment." pic.twitter.com/xBf2FjDogT
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 19, 2019
Sanders told CBS This Morning, “I learned that that was true and it breaks my heart… In this campaign for president, we are going to have the strongest protocols to protect women and anybody else against any form of harassment.”