Published: Mon, March 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Sanders attacks 'dangerous' Trump at campaign launch

Sanders attacks 'dangerous' Trump at campaign launch

Bernie Sanders a backhanded compliment while introducing the 2020 presidential hopeful at a rally in Brooklyn, New York, Saturday. The field of Democrats that he joins includes a number of liberal candidates, most notably Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, who share similar sensibilities.

Bernie Sanders is set to visit Chicago Sunday for a speech at the city's Navy Pier to continue kicking off his 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign.

At a launch rally in Brooklyn, where he grew up, Mr Sanders, 77, told a roaring crowd estimated at 13,000 that they would win by "putting together the strongest grassroots campaign in the history of United States politics". Beyond the issues themselves, Sanders, who grew up in the heavily Jewish neighbourhood of Flatbush in a middle-class family, drew a stark contrast between himself and the billionaire in the White House who hails from Queens. "I did not come from a family that gave me a $200,000 allowance every year beginning at the age of three", he said.

"I did not have a father who gave me millions of dollars to build luxury skyscrapers, casinos and country clubs", said Senator Sanders, who has lived in Vermont for decades.

"I did not come from a family of privilege that prepared me to entertain people on television by telling workers, 'You're fired, '" Sanders said, using Trump's tagline from The Apprentice.

He had begun his 2016 campaign in Vermont, which he has represented in the Senate for almost two decades.

"We have got to understand this is not about him, it's about us, and we should not be motivated by what we are against, but by what we are for as a country", Booker said.

He recalled his mother, who died soon after Sanders began college, and her dream - unrealized - of moving to "a home of our own".

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While Sanders often has not highlighted his history as a civil rights activist during his previous political campaigns, it seems to be emerging as an early focal point of this one.

Sanders said he will not be weighing on the Chicago mayoral race, despite having the support of some local progressive candidates, including U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the time I spent in Chicago changed my life and helped shape me into the person I am today.

The 77-year-old lawmaker then acknowledged that he and Clinton "have fundamental differences".

Paul Crewdson, 37, of Brooklyn, came to the rally carrying a hand-drawn cardboard sign that read, "Win Michigan, Win Ohio, Win Wisconsin".

"The Democratic Party has adopted so much of his platform, so he won the moral argument in 2016", Turner said. "We will not concede a single state to Donald Trump".

"You can't be a Democrat in this country, especially in a state as diverse as OH - you can't be a human being who's awake and not understand that black women are the heart of the Democratic Party", he said.

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