“I would find it harder to vote for Bernie than Trump”: Ex-Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein warns Democrats NOT to nominate Sanders after his attacks on billionaires
- Blankfein spoke about Sanders in a new interview that was published on Friday
- Billionaire former CEO of Goldman Sachs has previously taken photos at Sanders
- Now he says that Sanders is too ‘divided’ and ‘ideological’ to vote for
- Blankfein’s latest comments led to a Twitter feud with Sanders
Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has argued for Democrats to nominate everyone except Senator Bernie Sanders, and said he would vote for President Donald Trump differently.
“I think I might find it harder to vote for Bernie than for Trump,” Blankfein, a registered democrat, said to the Financial times published in an interview on Friday.
“The Democrats would work very hard to find someone as divided as Trump. But Bernie would have succeeded, “he added.
Sanders quickly shot back on Twitter, referring to Goldman’s key role in the sub-prime mortgage crisis under Blankfein’s term of office: “I welcome hatred of the crooks that have destroyed our economy.”
Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein (above) has argued for Democrats to nominate everyone except Senator Bernie Sanders
Sanders quickly shot back on Twitter, referring to Goldman’s key role in the subprime mortgage crisis under Blankfein’s tenure, creating the Great Recession
Blankfein responded in his own tweet and wrote: “I don’t hate” [Sanders]. I just completely disagree with policies that would let the government manage so much more of our economy. ”
‘Perhaps the sen wants to feel hated because HE hates. This time, what about choosing someone who respects all groups and works with them? Blankfein went on.
In the Financial Times interview, Blankfein emphasized whether he was skeptical about Sanders just because he is a billionaire who is afraid of a wealth tax.
“I don’t like that at all,” Blankfein replied. “I don’t like murder by categorization. I think it’s un-American. I find that destructive and inhuman. I find that just as subversive of the American character as someone like Trump denigrates groups of people he has never met. At least Trump cares about the economy. “
Blankfein explained what he found disturbing in Sanders as a candidate.
“I’m not sure if Bernie loves people – he’s ideological,” said Blankfein. “In my opinion, Bernie could talk to a six-year-old child and he looks over their heads to the vast expanse.”
The financial mogul also expressed doubts about the decision of the Democrats to oust Trump, which ended in acquiring the Senate.
“Look, I’m a democrat, but they said those things in a shrill way to increase the bet on the result,” Blankfein said. “I don’t think it is unreasonable or cynical for a legislator to say that what Trump did was wrong and showed a bad character, but it was not at a level where we would overturn an election nine months before the next.”
It was not the first time Blankfein went to Sanders, or the left-wing Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Earlier this month, Blankfein tweeted criticism of Sanders on the day of the primary Hampshire, which Sanders won.
“Sanders is just as polarizing as Trump AND he is ruining our economy and doesn’t care about our army,” wrote Blankfein. He also claimed that Russia would support Sanders.
The supporters of Sanders quickly pointed to Blankfein’s connection with the financial crisis. Goldman, who led Blankfein for 12 years, played a key role in the collapse of the subprime mortgage market that caused the great recession.
“This is how panic from the Wall Street elite looks and sounds,” reacted Faiz Shakir, Sanders campaign leader, on Twitter.
“Let’s see, I don’t like a billionaire director on Wall Street,” Sanders said on CNN Wednesday when he was asked about Blankfein’s comments. “Hmm, that scared me.”
Sanders and Warren have made establishing the country’s wealth inequality a point of attention in their presidential campaigns.
Blankfein, who supported presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, has criticized Sanders and Warren’s proposal for “wealth tax”. The policy would be “completely unworkable,” he said in November, because it would require an annual assessment of the value of an individual’s assets.