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Sanders: I Spent My Life 'Fighting Against Authoritarianism'... But This Footage Proves He's a Liar

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Avowed democratic socialist and 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is a liar, plain and simple.

In a Sunday CNN interview, the Vermont senator claimed to have spent his entire life “fighting for democracy” and “against authoritarianism,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“I’ve spent my whole life fighting for democracy, fighting against authoritarianism,” he said.

But in reality, he’s spent his entire public-sector career working to increase the size of an already bloated government and turn America into a socialist country.

In a 1980s interview, Sanders attacked reporters for calling out communist countries and the breadlines those nations’ governments set up to keep their citizens alive, according to Reason.

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“It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, that people are lining up for food,” Sanders said. “That’s a good thing!”

“In other countries, people don’t line up for food; the rich get the food and the poor starve to death,” he added.

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Another 1980s-era clip shows Sanders trying to sell a group of young students on the concept of free health care, which bankrupts countries and places an incredible burden on taxpayers.

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Essentially, it’s a gateway to complete government control.

But not according to Sanders.

“We could spend money building nicer housing, right? And bigger park systems, and making sure that nobody has to sleep out on the street,” Sanders told the children, referring to what could be done with taxpayer money.

“So, there’s a lot of ways in having health care that is available to everybody, that nobody has to pay for.”

“There’s a lot of ways that we could spend our money that would make a lot more sense than spending it on weapons and guns and uniforms, right?” he concluded.

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His views haven’t changed — just his rhetoric.

Now, Sanders refers to his socialist dream for America as “democratic socialism” and pretends it’s different from the form of socialism abused by other entities, such as the Venezuelan government.

Speaking of Venezuela, Sanders is certainly quiet about that country.

During a 2016 interview with Univision, the Vermont senator was specifically asked about the failures of socialism in South American countries.

He avoided commenting completely.

“I am very interested, but right now I’m running for president of the United States,” Sanders said.

“Of course I have an opinion, but as I said, I’m focused on my campaign.”

All of this anti-capitalistic diatribe comes from an individual who admits to being a millionaire and and owns multiple houses.

It’s probably a given that we shouldn’t take political guidance and direction from a rich guy who doesn’t even work in the private sector, yet bashes those who do.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
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