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Mayor antidote to Trump: Sanders

NEW YORK:US Senator Bernie Sanders slammed Donald Trump as an ugly, un-American leader determined to divide the US, the antithesis of NY City Mayor Bill de Blasio

AP, NEW YORK

US Senator Bernie Sanders takes part in a campaign rally for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in New York on Monday.

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US Senator Bernie Sanders, who stoked liberal passions nationwide as a Democratic candidate in last year’s presidential contest, on Monday stepped into New York politics for a day, casting first-term Mayor Bill de Blasio as the antidote to the “un-American” leadership of US President Donald Trump.

Everything De Blasio is trying to do is “the opposite” of what Trump is trying to do, a fiery Sanders said at a De Blasio campaign rally in Manhattan.

“Trump, in an extremely un-American, ugly and almost unprecedented way, unprecedented way, is trying to divide us up based on the color of our skin or our religion, or the country we came from or our sexual orientation,” Sanders said. “And this mayor is leading this city in a way to bring us together.”

Sanders’ appearance came as De Blasio worked to energize voters just eight days before New York’s mayoral election. The Democratic mayor is expected to cruise to victory against a little-known Republican opponent, but there are signs of malaise among some supporters.

For a night, at least, Sanders changed that.

Sanders, a democratic socialist who was born and raised in Brooklyn, earned hero status in last year’s presidential contest despite losing the Democratic Party’s nomination to former US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

He helped draw hundreds of voters, many in their 20s and 30s, to a crowded music hall just kilometers from Trump’s long-time residence on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

With De Blasio and his wife looking on, Sanders repeatedly slammed the Republican president, who has dubbed him “Crazy Bernie.”

Slamming Trump was a theme De Blasio welcomed.

“We will stand up to Donald Trump every single day,” De Blasio said. “So long as he’s in the White House, this city cannot be as fair as it needs to be unless we take him on.”

The speakers were clearly concerned about next week’s turnout. While few political observers expect the mayor to lose re-election, Sanders and De Blasio repeatedly called for a huge turnout to help send a message to Washington.

“Bernie taught us in too many ways, the system is still rigged,” De Blasio said.

“This is your city,” he added. “It doesn’t belong to the titans of Wall Street and lord knows it does not belong to Donald Trump.”

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