Senator Bernier Sanders said the US was sliding toward authoritarianism following the path President trump chose to lead the nation. He added that citizens have an immense obligation to protect American rights and freedom

Sanders, who was the runner-up for the Democratic nomination in last year’s presidential election made his harsh remarks of the Trump administration in a speech he delivered Thursday morning in which he discussed the threat of authoritarianism in the United States and other countries around the world.

Sander's authoritarianism assertion

Speaking at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., Sanders said under President Trump, the United States was moving in the direction of authoritarianism and that every aspect of American democracy was under severe attack.

Sanders criticized the Obamacare replacement bill unveiled by the Senate Republicans on Thursday morning. The draft bill, which has already passed the House of Representatives, is expected to be voted by the Senate as early as next week. The former Democratic Runner-up said the latest measure was the Republican’s seven-year moves to get the Affordable Care Act repealed and replaced and erase the taxes it imposed on highly rich individuals.

Sen. Sanders said he was totally against the Trump-Republican health care bill. He said he will explore all possible mechanisms at his disposal to ensure that the Trump-Ryan health care plan is defeated, but that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, he said.

He further stated that no matter the political view – whether conservative, progressive or moderate, Americans must do everything possible to preserve democracy and oppose the shift toward authoritarianism that he believes President Donald Trump symbolizes.

Sanders said no other president in the history of the United States has told so many blatant and outrageous lies as President Trump has done to delegitimize the US electoral system.

Trump rhetorics sending the wrong signal

He added that Trump has no evidence to back his claims the about 3 million to 5 million people illegally voted during the 2016 election, but that this assertion sent a wrong message to Republican governors to intensify moves to clamp down the votes of poor people, minorities, young people and senior citizens.

Trump’s assertions send the wrong signals on the result of any future election, he might lose, which would tend to delegitimize any president who eventually succeeds him, Sanders said. He also told the audience that Trump was the main spokesperson for the birther movement that focused on racism and vicious lies.