Sanders says Trump ‘worst Republican’ in history

  • Former Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., smiles before asking that Hillary Clinton become the unanimous choice for President of the United States with the Vermont delegation during the second day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Matt Rourke

Monitor staff
Published: 7/28/2016 1:30:38 AM

Bernie Sanders’s normally gruff voice was thick with emotion as he addressed his New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine supporters at the Northern New England delegation breakfast Wednesday.

“It brings tears to my eyes, it really does, the kind of support we have received,” he said. “Of all the victories we won, I know we’re a small state, but the fact that we won 86 percent of the vote in our own state . . . something I will never, ever forget.”

Sanders is known for his giant rallies and thundering speeches in which he rails against corporations and income inequality. But the day after he conceded the Democratic nomination, the senator from Vermont spoke quietly and with a sense of determination.

“All of us, I suspect, in one form or another have run against Republicans, but what we are dealing with now is something kind of unique,” Sanders said.

He was referring to Republican nominee Donald Trump, whom he called “extremely dangerous” and a “demagogue who does not believe in the constitution of the United States of America.”

Sanders noted that this view is not just that of Democrats, but also by some conservative Republicans who have refused to support Trump in the general election.

“I believe quite honestly the worst Republican in the history of the United States,” Sanders said of Trump.

Rather than focusing on issues, Sanders said Trump is focused on trying to divide the American people by targeting Muslims and Mexicans.

“The cornerstone of his campaign is bigotry,” he said.

Sanders told delegates they must be active to try to “transform America” by pushing progressive issues and elect candidates who will champion them.

He was clear that one of those candidates is his former rival, Hillary Clinton.

“In the next several months, all of us have got to do everything that we can to defeat Donald Trump and to elect Hillary Clinton president of the United States,” Sanders said.

In addition to Sanders, the Northern New England delegation heard from former Democratic presidential contender Martin O’Malley and other Vermont politicians, including U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch and former governor Madeleine Kunin.

All warned audience members about the potential consequences of a Trump presidency on Monday morning.

Leahy asked delegates to think about what the Supreme Court would look like with Trump as president.

“The Supreme Court has always been an issue people don’t look at,” Leahy said. “A lot of the people in this room will not live long enough to see the end of the damage a Trump Supreme Court will give us.”

Kunin, who came to the United States as a child because of the Holocaust, said the prospect of a Trump presidency scared her.

She added Trump’s style of firing people up “reminds me of the days of Hitler and Goebbels.”

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