Independent senator Bernie Sanders, an unfortunate 2016 primary candidate against Hillary Clinton, announced on Tuesday to run for the Democratic nomination for the US presidential election in 2020 and attacked Donald Trump with force.
Bernie Sanders, 77, is one of the favorites among the dozen candidates who have already started the Democratic race to dislodge Donald Trump from the White House.
The Brooklyn native, whose ideas are clearly marked on the left, who assumes the “socialist” label, fiercely attacked the American president by announcing his candidacy.
Donald Trump is a “pathological liar,” fired this slayer of Wall Street.
“He is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, someone who grabs cheap political gains by trying to attack minorities, often undocumented immigrants,” Bernie Sanders said. an interview with a radio station in Vermont, a state in the north-east of the country of which he is elected.
“We need a president who understands that climate change is real, is an existential threat to our country and our planet,” Sanders said in a video announcing his candidacy. A frontal attack on the Republican president, climate-skeptical, who removed the United States from the Paris climate agreement.
On this video of ten minutes, very formal, Bernie Sanders, face camera, insists:
“Our campaign is not just about beating Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in American modern history,” he promises. And the septuagenarian to call to transform the “country and create a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice”.
– “We will win” –
“We are going to win,” the former mayor of Burlington, Vermont, told CBS in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.
When he first ran for the Democratic primary in 2016, Bernie Sanders was an outsider, before holding on to Hillary Clinton. The latter had finally won, before being beaten by Donald Trump.
The campaign of Bernie Sanders had aroused a great enthusiasm, especially among young people, with ideas, seen at the time as radical but now defended by other Democrats, as the youngest of the Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former the 2016 Sanders campaign and many of the current primary candidates.
Universal health coverage, free public university and minimum wage at 15 dollars (13.3 euros), Bernie Sanders assures, many of his ideas put forward in 2016 are now “very very popular”.
Trump's response to Sanders' candidacy was quick.
“Bernie Sanders has already won the debate in the Democratic primary because each candidate adopts his model of socialism,” which the Americans “will reject,” wrote in an e-mail Kayleigh McEnany, spokesman for the Trump 2020 campaign.
“Only President Trump will keep America free, prosperous and secure.”
But the race is long and winding towards the 1,600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington. And the American political landscape has been deeply upset with a record number of women elected to Congress last November and an already very long list of Democrat-backed White House contenders.
The popularity of the progressive ideas of this “socialist democrat” calling for the renewal of elites may run up against his profile, a white septuagenarian, already candidate in 2016.
Some #MeToo activists had even condemned her candidacy in advance, after some of her 2016 campaign employees reported being sexually harassed by older colleagues.
Bernie Sanders apologized publicly in early January, but said he was unaware of the facts at the time.
The rebellious white-haired man, who remains popular among Democrats, was elected to the House of Representatives from 1990 to 2006, before becoming a senator. He was comfortably re-elected last November.
The candidacy of another heavyweight, Joe Biden, former vice president of Barack Obama, is also expected.