BY NIKITA VLADIMIROV
This article originally appeared in The Hill
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday defended his view that President Trump is a liar after being criticized for his rhetoric by a reporter for The Washington Post.
“What should a United States senator, or any citizen, do if the president is a liar?” Sanders wrote in a post on Medium.
“Does ignoring this reality benefit the American people? Do we make a bad situation worse by disrespecting the president of the United States? Or do we have an obligation to say that he is a liar to protect America’s standing in the world and people’s trust in our institutions?” He added.
On Monday, Sanders blasted Trump on Twitter, saying he “continues to shamelessly lie.”
“The United States will not be respected or taken seriously around the world if @realDonaldTrump continues to shamelessly lie,” Sanders said in one of his tweets.
In a news analysis, Post writer Amber Phillips said Sanders’s attack on Trump reflects “the sorry state of political discourse.”
“I happen to strongly believe in civil political discourse. The vast majority of people in Congress who hold views different than mine are not liars,” Sanders rebutted.
“But how does one respond to a president who has complete disregard for reality and who makes assertions heard by billions of people around the world that have no basis in fact?”
In support of his point, the lawmaker pointed to Trump’s claims about voter fraud, the size of the crowd on Inauguration Day and illegal voting.
Sanders also noted Trump’s false claims that former President Obama was not born in the U.S. — a claim that Trump himself later abandoned.
“Lastly, my tweet which states that the United States will not be respected or taken seriously around the world if Trump continues to shamelessly lie is self-evident,” he maintained.
“We are the wealthiest, most powerful nation on earth. If we have a president who is not taken seriously by people throughout the world because of his continuous lies, our international standing will clearly suffer.”