Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a speech commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday accused President Trump of being a racist who is attempting to divide Americans by the color of their skin.
“Today we say to Donald Trump: We are not going back to more bigotry, discrimination and division,” Sanders said at an NAACP rally in Columbia, South Carolina.
“We are going forward toward a non-discriminatory society where, as Dr. King reminded us, we judge people not by the ‘color of their skin, but by the content of their character,’ ” he added.
“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 told the crowd.
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“We have a president of the United States who has done something that no other president in modern history has done. What a president is supposed to do is to bring us together. And we have a president intentionally, purposely, is trying to divide us up by the color of our skin, by our gender, by the country we came from, by our religion.”
“Racism is alive when the United States Supreme Court and Republican governors make it harder for people of color to vote and when they suppress the vote,” he added.