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In an Escalation of Rhetoric, Democrats Call Trump a ‘Racist,’ ‘Grand Wizard’

“It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist," Sanders said on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

By NTK Staff | 01.22.2019 @9:15am
In an Escalation of Rhetoric, Democrats Call Trump a ‘Racist,’ ‘Grand Wizard’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) boldly ratcheted up the political rhetoric on Monday when he flatly called President Donald Trump “a racist” during a speech in South Carolina to commemorate the life of civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sanders, who in all likelihood will again run for president in 2020, claimed Trump was purposefully “stoking racial tensions,” per a Fox News report.

Sanders’ words were harsh and direct:

“I must tell you, today we talk about justice and today we talk about racism, and I must tell you: It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist,” Sanders said, as some in the crowd applauded.

“We have a president of the United States who has done something that no other president in modern history has done,” he continued. “What a president is supposed to do is to bring us together. And we have a president intentionally, purposely — he is trying to divide us up by the color of our skin, by our gender, by the country we came from, by our religion.”

While Sanders’ words mark an escalation in rhetoric, he is in fact not the only politician to call the president a racist. In an interview that aired just a few weeks ago, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that there was “no question” Trump was a racist.

Going even further, Rep. Hakeen Jeffries (D-NY), who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, called Trump “the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” The term “grand wizard” is one given to leaders of the racist hate group, the Ku Klux Klan. Jeffries’ remarks were also made during a Martin Luther King, Jr. event on Monday in New York.

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