Sanders: I'm Not a Communist

February 9, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) declared on Sunday that he is not a communist.

Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace played a clip of President Donald Trump calling Sanders a communist and saying he got married in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Sanders laughed at the clip and called Trump a "pathological liar."

"I'm not a communist," he said.

He also said that he did not get married in Moscow, but was there to create "a sister city program with the city of Yaroslavl." Sanders did travel to the Soviet Union for his honeymoon, where he helped set up the program and criticized the United States' foreign and domestic policy.

Wallace asked Sanders how, if he were the nominee, he would overcome the the baggage that comes with Sanders's proud identification as a "democratic socialist."

"Chris, I want to make two points on that," Sanders said. "In many respects, in many respects, we are a socialist society today. We have a huge budget, it puts money into all areas."