Sanders repeatedly targeted President Trump in his nearly hour-long speech, saying he “consistently lies.”
And, Sanders charged that “under President Trump, the very concept of democracy is under attack by a president who seems intent on emulating the authoritarian leaders in Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and elsewhere that he seems to have so much affection for.”
The candidate pushed his progressive proposals, such as criminal justice reform, the “Medicare-for-all” single-payer health care plan and universal affordable childcare, and once again vowed “to make public colleges and universities tuition free.”
He also said “that climate change is not a hoax but is an existential threat to the future of our country and the entire planet… We will transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy.”
However, Sanders made no mention of the Green New Deal, the sweeping proposal beloved by progressives but ridiculed by many Republicans that aims to transform the country’s economy to fight climate change — while enacting a host of new health-care and welfare programs.
As he was making his longstanding push for a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage, Sanders said, “Today, we say to Walmart, the fast food industry,” before being interrupted by a supporter who yelled, “f— you.”
The outburst brought cheers from the crowd and Sanders quickly remarked, “well, that’s one way to say it.”
Sanders didn’t take any questions from the audience or from local and national reporters. After he posed for selfies and shook hands with some of his supporters, he met briefly with a small group of his top Granite State supporters before heading to a second campaign event in the southwestern New Hampshire city of Keene.
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