Bernie Sanders has revealed what he admires about Donald Trump.
The Vermont senator has been one of the president’s fiercest critics over the course of the last two years, but he was recently asked on the campaign trail to name one thing that he admires about Trump. Sanders initially said he admires the president’s hair, The Hill noted. Sanders also mentioned that he respects several of his colleagues on the Republican side of the aisle, apart from the extreme right-wing side of the party.
Sanders then returned back to the question, responding with a more tangible quality that he admires about Trump. He gave the president a bit of a backhanded compliment regarding his early morning tweeting habits.
“He gets up at 3 o’clock in the morning to tweet,” Sanders said. “I’m impressed by people who get up at 3 o’clock in the morning.”
This could potentially be the last compliment that Sanders pays to Trump for some time. Sanders has been extremely vocal about condemning what he views as Trump’s racist ideology, regularly calling out actions that he believes encourages the white supremacist fringe.
On the campaign trail, Sanders has said that he wants to go to war with the rising white supremacy tide in the United States, saying that he would put a stop to the movement if he were elected president.
“I’m Jewish, my family came from Poland. My father’s whole family was wiped out by Hitler and his white nationalism,” Sanders said at the Young Leader’s Conference back in August, via The Hill. “Too many people have fought over the years, too many people have died against racism to let it resurface and flourish in America.”
The remarks took place shortly after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. The shooter was believed to have been targeting Hispanics after posting an anti-immigration manifesto, which echoed a lot of the same language Trump has previously used.
While Sanders said that he doesn’t believe Trump wants to see anyone being shot or killed, he claimed that the president is feeding into the white supremacy movement with his divisive racial rhetoric.
“I happen to believe Donald Trump is a hoax.”
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Sanders has also been vocal in criticizing Trump on other issues, including his denial of climate change. At a campaign event this weekend, Sanders invoked Trump’s now-infamous tweet declaring that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, which is being used to cripple the American economy.
Sanders quipped that he believes “Donald Trump is a hoax.”