Bernie Sanders Says Trump Is a 'Bully' and 'Compulsively Dishonest' After the State of the Union

Senator Bernie Sanders ripped into President Donald Trump on Tuesday night following the State of the Union address.

Prior to Trump's speech, the Vermont Independent said in a Facebook post he was certain Trump would "not be apologizing for the many lies he told American voters: how he promised to defend the interests of working people, but then sold them out to Wall Street and the billionaire class" in his address.

He elaborated on this theme following the president's speech in a live appearance on Facebook, stating, "The simple truth is that, according to virtually every poll, Donald Trump is the least popular president after one year in office of any president in modern American history. And the reason for that is pretty clear. The American people do not want a president who is compulsively dishonest, who is a bully, who actively represents the interests of the billionaire class, who is anti-science, and who is trying to divide us based on the color of our skin, our nation of origin, our religion, our gender, or our sexual orientation." 

Sanders has been one of Trump’s most vocal critics, both during the 2016 presidential campaign and following his inauguration last January. Shortly after Trump’s election victory in November 2016, Sanders tweeted, "If Donald Trump takes people's anger and turns it against Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans and women, we will be his worst nightmare."

On Tuesday, Sanders brought a beneficiary of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as a sign of his opposition to Trump’s immigration policies, which could see hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients deported. Trump rescinded the Obama-era program last September and has attempted to use it as leverage in negotiations with Congress over funding for a wall he hopes to build along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign shocked many across the political world as the senator, 76, garnered enthusiastic support from young voters across the country. He was ultimately defeated by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination after a tough primary season.

Sanders remains one of the most popular politicians in the U.S. and recent reports suggest he might run for president once again in 2020. He is among the top contenders for the 2020 Democratic nomination, according to recent polling.