The federal appellate court decision Thursday blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order proved that "clearly, we have a president who does not understand what our Constitution is about, what democracy is about," Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday.
"There is a fear in this country of this nation under Trump moving into a more authoritarian mode," the Vermont independent, who lost the Democratic presidential nomination to Hillary Clinton, told Erin Burnett on CNN.
"People see this president as a total hypocrite, someone who campaigned before the American people, saying: 'I'm a different type of Republican. I'm not going to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.'
"Then, he appoints people to those important positions, whose whole life's work has been cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," he said.
"He says, 'I'm going to take on Wall Street,'" Sanders continued. "Then, he appoints the head of Goldman Sachs, one of the largest financial institutions, as his right-hand guy and surrounds himself with billionaires.
"I think there's consternation in this country — and you're seeing people stand up and fighting back."
Sanders also told Burnett that Trump's words and actions, including the immigration ban, "are making us less safe.
"He's feeding ammunition to the people all over the world," he added. "The jihadists are telling young people: 'See that? They really do hate us. They are anti-Muslim. Stand up. Fight Americans.'
"I think, and many national security experts would agree, that we are becoming less safe because of this anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions."
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