Sanders: Trump pushing U.S. to tyranny
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.