Sanders calls NY mayor antidote to Trump’s ‘ugly’ leadership

By , on October 30, 2017

Sanders has been one of the strongest advocates for the law, which has delivered health coverage to about 20 million people but is saddled with problems such as rapidly rising premiums and large co-payments. (Photo: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders/Facebook)
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NEW YORK — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has a simple message for New York City voters who don’t like President Donald Trump: Vote for Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh).

The Vermont senator stoked liberal passions nationwide as a Democratic candidate in last year’s presidential contest and stepped into New York politics for a day on Monday. He cast the Democratic first-term mayor as the antidote to what he calls the “un-American” leadership of the Republican president.

Sanders says Trump is trying to divide people based on the colour of their skin or their religion “in an extremely un-American, ugly and almost unprecedented way.” He says de Blasio is leading New York in a way to bring people together.

Sanders’ appearance comes as de Blasio works to energize voters eight days before the election.

Trump has called Sanders “crazy.”