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Bernie Sanders doubles down on calling Trump ‘authoritarian’

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Bernie Sanders says President Donald Trump is an
“authoritarian.”

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday doubled down on his
    reference to President Donald Trump as an authoritarian leader,
    calling it the “only” way to describe the president. 
  • Earlier in the week, Sanders made similar comments on
    Trump in a separate tweet, describing the president as an
    “authoritarian” who doesn’t care about democracy. 
  • The White House responded to Sanders’ initial remarks in

    a statement provided to INSIDER,
     calling the Vermont
    senator “ridiculous” and “grossly insulting.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday doubled down on his reference to
President Donald Trump as an authoritarian leader, saying it was
the “only” way to describe the president. 

“Trump describes the free media as an ‘enemy of the
people’; attacks leaders of democratic countries while cozying up
to authoritarian nations; and now uses his influence to try to
stop the counting of votes in FL and GA,” Sanders
tweeted
. “There is only one way to describe him:
Authoritarian.”

Earlier in the week, Sanders made similar comments on Trump
in a separate tweet. The Vermont senator said the “simple
truth” is Trump is an “authoritarian leader”
who does not
care about democracy.


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Sanders’ remarks come as Trump has ramped up his anti-media
rhetoric and made unfounded claims of voter fraud amid a dramatic
recount in Florida. 

The White House on Tuesday responded to Sanders’ initial
remarks in
a statement provided to INSIDER.

“For a self-avowed socialist like Bernie Sanders who would
love America to look like Venezuela, to call the President
authoritarian is not only ridiculous, it’s grossly insulting to
do on Veterans Day, a time of national remembrance for those who
fought defending American democracy,” White House deputy press
secretary Hogan Gidley said. 

Sanders appears unapologetic, however, given his follow-up
tweet on Wednesday. When contacted Wednesday, Gidley said the
White House’s stance on Sanders’ comments has not
changed. 


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