Sen. Bernard Sanders says he knows who the real socialist is in the 2020 presidential race: President Trump.
The Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful told “CBS This Morning” that people arguing over his political ideology should look to Mr. Trump if they want to see a real socialist in action.
“Let me just tell you something,” the presidential hopeful said Friday morning while speaking from Virginia. “In my view, to a significant degree, we’re living right now, under Donald Trump, in a socialist society. The only difference is, does the government work for working people or does it work for billionaires? Donald Trump, before he came president, he was in real estate, he received $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies from the government. Socialism for the rich.”
Mr. Sanders, after having defined Mr. Trump as a socialist, then told the network’s Tony Dokoupil that he would not allow others to define him.
“Working people understand that we have got to finally stand up to the corporate elite and that we have to have a mass political movement of working people and low-income people and young people to do that,” he said. “So, I’m not worried about labels. We will define ourselves.”
Mr. Sanders also cited his Democratic primary wins in Iowa and New Hampshire as an indicator that critics will not hurt his campaign by calling him a socialist or a democratic socialist.