US Politician Bernie Sanders branded Donald Trump a “racist, sexist, homophobe” as he announced his second bid to become president.
The 77-year-old stressed it is paramount that the Democrats kick Trump out of office.
Reuters US Senator Bernie Sanders has said he will run for president in 2020
Getty Images – Getty Sanders has said it is imperative to kick Donald Trump out of office in 2020
He said: “I think the current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country.
“I think he is a pathological liar… I also think he is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, somebody who is gaining cheap political points by trying to pick on minorities, often undocumented immigrants.”
During his announcement, he also channelled Jeremy Corbyn as he announced his candidacy.
Sanders announced his campaign in an early morning email to supporters saying: “Our campaign is about creating a government and economy that works for the many, not just the few.”
His announcement was a play on Corbyn’s slogan “For the many, not the few”.
Sanders also tweeted: “I’m running for president. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least 1 million people from across the country.”
‘A POLITICAL REVOLUTION’
This is his second bid for the Democratic ticket in four years as he hopes to reignite the progressive support from his 2016 campaign.
Although the Vermont Senator is an independent, he joins forces with Democrats for key votes.
Sanders made the announcement in an interview with Vermont Public Radio.
He said: “We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it’s time to move that revolution forward.”
During the last election, Trump expressed an interest in facing Sanders.
He said: “I always felt I would be running and winning against Bernie Sanders, not Crooked H, without cheating, I was right.”
Trump branded Sanders a “sell out” to his supporters and a “weak candidate” during the 2016 election campaign.
Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said in statement Sanders “is a self-avowed socialist who wants to double your taxes so the government can take over your health care.
“The vast majority of voters oppose his radical agenda, just like they are going to oppose all the 2020 Democrats who have rushed to embrace it.”
SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS
Sanders’ campaign will not be without controversy after allegations of sexism and sexual harassment against members of his 2016 campaign have come out in recent weeks.
Many of his previous campaign workers came forward to allege there was unfair treatment of women and inappropriate behaviour.
In December 2018, Politico reported that Sanders’ former aides requested a meeting with him 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”.
Sanders has addressed the allegations saying his new campaign will be providing training to all of their employees.
‘For the many not the few’ inspired by poemLabour first unveiled the slogan ‘For the many, not the few’ during the general election of 2017.Party leader Jeremy Corbyn later told a crowd at Glastonbury that he was inspired by a line from a work by one of his favourite poets, Percy Bysshe Shelley
The line is contained in the last verse of Shelley’s 1819 poem, The Masque of Anarchy.
“Rise like lions after slumber, in unvanquishable number!” says the verse.
“Shake your chains to earth like dew, which in sleep had fallen on you: ye are many – they are few!”
The poem was written in response to the Peterloo Massacre of 1819, when cavalry charged a non-violent gathering to demand the right to vote, killing 15 demonstrators.
They had gathered in St Peter’s Field, Manchester and the name Peterloo was an ironic take on the Battle of Waterloo, which occurred four years earlier.
The poem was first released in 1832 after Shelley’s death and has rallying cry for peaceful resistance.
It has been recited at uprisings in the 20th century including Tiananmen Square to Tahrir Square.
The senator has said he wants to install many of his progressive ideas from his previous presidential campaign such as universal healthcare, raising the minimum wage and reducing student debt.
Sanders admits it will be “a very different campaign” compared top 2016 because he will being fighting against top Democrats for the nomination who also share his ideas.
Five of his colleagues – Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren – have already announced their candidacy.
In 2016, Sanders was the only progressive contender when he faced former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
She went on to become the party’s candidate during a primary season that many said was rigged.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida lawmaker, was forced to resign her party chairmanship after emails leaking suggesting she was conspiring with the Clinton campaign to sabotage Sanders.
The Democratic primaries to determine the party’s candidate to face Trump will begin in February 2020.
He is expected to make an official campaign announcement later today in an online video, VPR said.
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Sanders was a former mayor of Burlington, Vermont before winning a seat in the US House of Representatives in 1990.
He was the first independent elected to the House in 40 years.
In 2006, Sanders won a US Senate seat and in 2018 he was voted in for a third six-year term.
I always felt I would be running and winning against Bernie Sanders, not Crooked H, without cheating, I was right.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
Reuters The 77-year-old was the only progressive contender against Hillary Clinton in 2016
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