San­ders: Trump push­ing U.S. to tyranny

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Seth McLaugh­lin

Sen. Bernard San­ders said Thurs­day that he fears the U.S. is drift­ing to­ward au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism un­der Pres­i­dent Trump.

Speak­ing at the Carnegie En­dow­ment for In­ter­na­tional Peace, Mr. San­ders de­scribed Mr. Trump as a “patho­log­i­cal liar” and said the pres­i­dent’s “vi­cious at­tacks on the me­dia” and his dis­re­gard for the facts threat­ens democ­racy.

“Un­der Pres­i­dent Trump, our coun­try is mov­ing in an au­thor­i­tar­ian di­rec­tion and the very na­ture of Amer­i­can democ­racy is un­der at­tack,” the Ver­mont so­cial­ist said. “No mat­ter what our po­lit­i­cal per­spec­tive … we must do ev­ery­thing we can to pre­serve Amer­i­can democ­racy and op­pose the cur­rent drift to­ward au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism that I be­lieve Pres­i­dent Trump rep­re­sents.”

Mr. San­ders, who lost to for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton in the race for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion in 2016, said that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has spread lies aimed at un­der­min­ing the press and “dele­git­imiz­ing” the elec­toral process.

He also said he is con­cerned about the way in which Mr. Trump has shown an affin­ity for au­thor­i­tar­ian fig­ures across the globe, in­clud­ing Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

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