Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday on Vermont Public Radio that he would be running for President again with a campaign which keeps in line with his ideas of a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for all and free college.
“I wanted to let the people of the state of Vermont know about this first,” Sanders said in announcing his run, before adding it was time to move forward “the political revolution” they started in the 2016 campaign.
Following the interview, Sanders posted a video on Twitter aimed at his supporters, asking them to join him “as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country.”
During the radio interview, the Vermont senator also attacked President Donald Trump, saying that he was “a pathological liar” and “an embarrassment to our country.”
“I also think he is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, somebody who is gaining cheap political points by trying to pick on minorities, often undocumented immigrants,” Sanders continued, according to The Hill.
The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist is entering the race along with a number of other Democratic candidates sharing many of his views, but stands out as a key voice for policy change that some expect will bring the most drastic changes for businesses and wealthy Americans.
Apart from pushing for higher wages, Sanders has also argued the Republican tax plan passed in December 2017 was a boost to large corporations and wealthy individuals and maintains that in order to properly address the growing wealth inequality, the estate tax needs to be expanded.
Sanders, known for long criticizing Wall Street, has further proposed capping the size of financial institutions and restricting stock repurchasing. He also endorsed the so-called Green New Deal aimed at cutting carbon emissions and addressing climate change.
In the interview, CNBC writes, Sanders noted how only a few years ago people rejected these ideas as being to “radical” but now the Democratic party has made a drastic turn toward those same ideas.
“All of those ideas and many more are now part of the political mainstream,” the senator said.