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.”