Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is denouncing former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein after the Democratic billionaire indicated he would vote for President Trump if Sanders became his party's nominee.
"I welcome the hatred of the crooks who destroyed our economy," Sanders tweeted Friday. Blankfein, who was CEO during the 2008 financial crisis, was included among Sanders' "anti-endorsements" unveiled in 2019.
Along with Blankfein, Sanders included business leaders such as former General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase. Dimon has credited Trump for creating the booming economy under his presidency.
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Blankfein recently told the Financial Times that he "might find it harder to vote for Bernie than for Trump."
“There’s a long time between now and then. The Democrats would be working very hard to find someone who is as divisive as Trump. But with Bernie, they would have succeeded," he said during an interview Friday.
He also defended Trump against "shrill" attacks from Democrats over impeachment.
“I don’t think it’s unreasonable or cynical for a legislator to have said that what Trump did was wrong and showed bad character, but it was not at a level where we’re going to overturn an election nine months before the next one," Blankfein said.
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The feud came as progressives such as Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., painted billionaires as a source of the country's economic problems. Blankfein reportedly saw that as "assassination by categorization."
"I think it’s un-American," he said. "I find that destructive and intemperate. I find that just as subversive of the American character as someone like Trump who denigrates groups of people who he has never met. At least Trump cares about the economy.”
Earlier this month, Blankfein warned that Sanders would draw support from Russia and ruin the U.S. economy.
"If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the U.S. Sanders is just as polarizing as Trump [and] he’ll ruin our economy and doesn’t care about our military. If I’m Russian, I go with Sanders this time around," he said.
When they meet those who believe, they say: "We believe;" but when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: "We are really with you: We (were) only jesting."Allah will throw back their mockery on them, and give them rope in their trespasses; so they will wander like blind ones (to and fro). (The Cow 14-15 )