Sen. Bernie Sanders has tossed his hat in the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, marking his second consecutive bid for the White House.
The Vermont independent and self-avowed “democratic socialist,” who lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, declared his candidacy Tuesday. In the 24 hours following his announcement, his campaign said it raised $6 million from more than 223,000 donors.
“I can tell you very happily, and I think any objective observer would confirm what I’m saying, is that in the last year and half or so, the Democratic party has moved in a far more progressive direction than they were before I ran for president,” Sanders said in an interview with CNN last year.
Sanders, 77, who enters the upcoming race as one of the front-runners in a growing field of contenders, has denounced President Trump, calling him “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction.”
This article originally appeared in The Washington Informer.