Sanders slams Trump in Atlantic City
Bernie Sanders tore into Donald Trump in Atlantic City on Monday.
“The greed and recklessness we’ve seen from people like Donald Trump,” he said, before trailing off to ask the crowd if they are familiar with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
“You know, he’s a brilliant, successful businessman who can bring the kind of prosperity to America today that he brought to Atlantic City, is that your point?” he asked the audience sarcastically.
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He went on to slam Trump’s “greed,” highlighting his call to eliminate the estate tax and accused him of not wanting to raise the minimum wage — an issue Trump has waffled on in the past week.
And Sanders framed Trump as dangerous to both the social fabric and economic welfare of America.
“We are not going to allow the Trumps of the world to divide us up. … We are strongest when we are standing together and standing together,” he said, after running down a list of groups that Trump has confronted while on the trail.
“At the end of the day, love always trumps hatred.”
The Vermont senator spoke near the Taj Mahal casino, a former Trump property bought by billionaire Carl Icahn, a Trump supporter that Sanders also criticized throughout the speech.
Sanders is fighting an uphill battle in the Democratic nomination, trailing Hillary Clinton by almost 300 pledged delegates with just a handful of races left. But while the math is against him, Sanders said strong performances in New Jersey, California and the rest of the remaining states could rocket him to the nomination.
Many Democrats and Clinton allies have called on Sanders to tone down the attacks on Clinton, the likely nominee, and either bow out or shift his focus to attacking Trump for the good of the party.
While the lion’s share of Sanders’s speech focused either on his stump lines or on attacks on Trump, he built to his direct critiques of Clinton toward the end.
“We need a president who has opposed every one of these disastrous trade agreements, not a president who has supported, like Hillary Clinton, almost every one of these trade agreements,” Sanders said, kicking off a list of contrasts between the two candidates.
“We’re not going to think small — justice is what we are going to think about.”
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