Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he is running for president in 2020, trying again to win the Democratic Party’s nomination. In an email to prospective voters, he called Donald Trump a “pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction.”
The 77-year-old Vermont senator became a progressive political star in 2016 although he lost his candidacy bid. He pushed Hillary Clinton, who was seen as a shoe-in for the Democrat nomination all the way, before conceding.
In 2016, his left-wing agenda, including universal healthcare, raising the minimum wage and free public college tuition, allied to a refusal to take corporate donations, saw him nominated by 23 states.
The three-term senator may find it harder to stand out this time around, since his success in moving the Democratic Party’s agenda to the left means he he faces a field more heavily populated with other liberal progressives touting many of his ideas.
Among those already in the Democratic race are fellow Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
“Three years ago, when we talked about these and other ideas, we were told that they were ‘radical’ and ‘extreme’.
“Together, you and I and our 2016 campaign began the political revolution. Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement the vision that we fought for.
“You know as well as I do that we are living in a pivotal and dangerous moment in American history.
“We are running against a president who is a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction.”