Liberal Senator Bernie Sanders criticized President Donald Trump as a "pathological liar" and a "terrible example" for his seven grandchildren before speculation that he could run another presidential candidacy in 2020.
"I have four children, seven grandchildren, small children, we try to raise our children to be honest and treat others with respect and compassion, and what kind of terrible example, regardless of their political views, it does not matter if they are conservatives or progressives: you want your children to be honest and decent What kind of terrible example is this person in the White House giving our children? Sanders said at the rally in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday.
The senator spoke at a conference of Our Revolution SC, the state chapter of the organization that split off from his failed attempt at the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
Bernie Sanders criticized President Donald Trump as a "pathological liar" and a "terrible example" for his seven grandchildren
Sanders is one of several Democrats who consider President Trump a challenge in 2020
The appearance was billed as a rally & # 39; Medicare for all & # 39;
And while Sanders talked about medical care, he looked more like a presidential candidate, thanking his 2016 supporters, throwing red meat comments at his liberal base and attacking the president.
"I know this is going to surprise you, but Donald Trump lied," Sanders said of the president's policies as the crowd roared with laughter and applause.
There were about 1,000 people to cheer on Sanders, according to the Associated Press.
The senator is on a campaign campaign for the 2018 midterms, but the trip is full of hints of what can come in 2020: take him through the early voting states of South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada.
It is also making a stop in California, whose status is increasing in importance for the 2020 primary. The main date of California is in the process of being promoted in the calendar, which gives it more weight to choose the candidate of the Democrats, and Sanders' liberal policies could play well in that state.
Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont who meets with the Democrats, also criticized Trump for "shame" and "pathological liar."
"What is a shame to me," Sanders said in his appearance in South Carolina, "is that we have a president who is a pathological liar."
"There is not a politician in history who does not spread the truth to express his opinion, that is politics, but we have never had a president who lies all the time and it is very possible that he does not even know the difference between" A truth and a lie ", he pointed.
He also said it was "criminal" the way the president has acted in relation to the weather.
"All he's doing is standing with the fossil fuel industry," Sanders said.
But Sanders said there is a central problem. with Trump that worries him most.
"The presidents of the United States, whether liberals or conservatives, understood that the main responsibility of the president of the United States is to bring people together," he said.
"Today we have a president who, for a cheap political gain, or what he perceives as political gain, is trying to divide us by the color of our skin, by our gender, where we were born and by sexual orientation, or by the religion that we practice. "It's an absolute disgrace," Sanders added.
Sanders is not the only potential presidential candidate to appear in South Carolina.
Senators Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey have visited South Carolina before the speculation of 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg also visited South Carolina
Sanders is in a 2018 campaign for Democrats, including this stop in Michigan
Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have visited the state.
Sanders has said he will make a decision on 2020 after the partial exams in November.
In his comments on Saturday, he expressly thanked those who supported him in his latest offer.
"It was not an easy task because everyone knows that this was a state in which we were not going to do it well," he said.
At the 2016 South Carolina Democratic primary, Sanders received a scant 26 percent to 74 percent of Hillary Clinton.
& # 39; So there are progressives in South Carolina! They told me no one would go to a meeting like this, "Sanders told the crow. & # 39; Thank you very much everyone for being here & # 39;