Bernie Sanders: President Trump is a socialist, too, but here’s the difference

Published: Feb 9, 2020 8:49 p.m. ET

Reuters
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a news conference on Yemen resolution on Capitol Hill.

‘The difference between my socialism and Trump’s socialism is I believe the government should help working families, not billionaires.’

That’s presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders responding on “Fox News Sunday” to President Trump calling him a communist.

“Obviously, I am not a communist,” Sanders told host Chris Wallace, adding that Trump “maybe doesn’t know the difference” and is a “pathological liar.”

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Wallace also asked Sanders about his “socialist” agenda and whether America’s ready to embrace Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

“In many respects, we are a socialist society today,” Sanders said, hitting Trump for tax breaks and subsidies he received before he was in the White House.

“If we leave the status quo alone, in the next 10 years we’re going to be spending $50 trillion,” he said. “Medicare for All will cost the average American less than the $12,000 a year they are paying the insurance companies.”