Dealing the Bern

Bernie Sanders’s list of anti-endorsements

“It should come as no surprise that corporate CEOs and billionaires have united against our movement”

Gage Skidmore

Senator Bernie Sanders speaking with supporters at a campaign rally for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona November 6, 2016

On Wednesday, the Bernie Sanders campaign released a list of anti-endorsements made up of some prominent corporate CEOs and billionaires. The list includes Haim Saban, Bob Iger, Bernie Marcus, Lloyd Blankfein, Leon Cooperman, Alan Greenspan, Jeffrey Immelt and Stanley Druckenmiller. 

In a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter published on Wednesday, Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban slammed Bernie Sanders as a ‘disaster’ for the Democratic Party. “I profoundly dislike Bernie Sanders, and you can write it. I don’t give a hoot,” Saban told the magazine. “He’s a communist under the cover of being a socialist. He thinks that every billionaire is a crook. He calls us ‘the billionaire class.’ And he attacks us indiscriminately… 22 are great. One is a disaster zone.”

In a press release, the Sanders campaign described Saban as “a billionaire that has spent millions of dollars buying elections for his candidates. He called on the United States to bomb Iran in 2014, criticized President Obama’s attempts to bring peace to the Middle East, and attacked senators for urging humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.” 

“It should come as no surprise that corporate CEOs and billionaires have united against our movement,” Sanders said in his statement. “These people have a vested interest in preserving the status quo so they can keep their grip on power and continue to exploit working people across America. We welcome their hatred.”

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