Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has a new page on his campaign website dedicated to “anti-endorsements,” which feature quotes from corporate executives who have attacked him and his policies.
On the “anti-endorsements” page, Sanders highlighted the fact that because his agenda would radically transform America by implementing single-payer healthcare, a Green New Deal, and “ending forever wars,” he is facing an unprecedented amount of resistance from America’s most powerful people. He then alluded to former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who said of bankers and corporate executives in 1936, “they are unanimous in their hatred for me, and I welcome their hatred.”
“I am proud to announce the modern-day oligarchs who oppose our movement,” Sanders wrote. “We will overcome their greed and create an economy and a government that works for all, not just the 1 percent.”
Some of the anti-endorsements include quotes attacking Sanders from former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who said Sanders’ initial candidacy for the White House in 2016 “has the potential to be a dangerous moment” for people in his profession. In response to Sanders’ plans to tax the wealthy to pay for social infrastructure, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said “just because it resonates doesn’t make it right.” And billionaire hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller — whom Sanders says is a “strong advocate for massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid — warned that stock prices could be “30% to 40% lower than they are now.”
Other anti-endorsements include former Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder, and General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt. Sanders said Immelt led GE’s push to outsource thousands of jobs overseas, and close dozens of American factories. Immelt also retired with a golden parachute of more than $200 million after supervising accounting practices at GE aimed at “proudly avoiding U.S. taxes.”
“GE operates in the real world. We’re in the business of building real things and generating real growth,” Immelt said in response to Sen. Sanders’ critiques of the company under Immelt’s leadership.
Sanders is, so far, the only Democratic candidate for president who has a page dedicated to featuring quotes from his enemies.
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