Sen. Bernie Sanders has positioned himself as Trump’s shadow president — the elected official whose policies really represent the interests of the people that Trump, in Sanders’ opinion, hoodwinked into voting for him. Sanders believes Trump’s claim to represent the middle class is a fiction. The Vermont senator flat-out called Trump a fraud this weekend, telling CNN: “This guy is a fraud… he ran for president of the United States saying, I, Donald Trump, I’m going to take on Wall Street — these guys are getting away with murder. Then suddenly, he appoints all these billionaires.”
Trump’s cabinet-level selections — like Rex Tillerson, Steve Mnunchin, Wilbur Ross, Jr., Betsy DeVos, Gary Cohn and Linda McMahon — together have a net worth that dwarfs that of some small countries. “I think [Trump] is going to sell out the middle class, the working class, of this country,” Sanders said. “Fraud” — what Sanders called Trump — is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
“intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value.” And also: “a person who is not what he or she pretends to be” — which means Sanders agrees with Howard Stern about Trump.