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Bernie Sanders: GOP should 'worry very much about 2018'

Posted December 24, 2017 8:31 a.m. EST

— Voters' views of President Donald Trump's performance should spell trouble for his party in the midterm elections, Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"What we're seeing in Alabama, what we're seeing in Virginia, New Jersey and in states all across this country, are large voter turnouts, are people standing up and fighting back and demanding that we have a government that represents all of us, not just the 1%," Sanders told CNN's Jake Tapper in an interview that aired Sunday.

He continued, "If I were the Republicans, I would worry very much about 2018."

Sanders pointed to the recent special election in the heavily Republican state of Alabama, where Democrat Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore. He said Moore was "not a strong candidate," but contended the election was evidence that more people were "catching on" that Trump lied about his campaign promises.

"He ran for president saying that he was going to defend the interests of the working class and the middle class, and it turned out he lied," Sanders said. "What you are seeing is a referendum on Donald Trump about a man who said one thing during the campaign and his actions are very, very different."

In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders blasted the GOP's new tax reform law as skewed in favor of the wealthy and large corporations and said he continued to demand a permanent fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Congress did not address before it adjourned for the holidays.