Chairman of House Dems Calls President 'Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue'
Several leading Democrats criticized President Trump at events marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day yesterday, with two of them being particularly forceful, as Senator Bernie Sanders -- an independent who caucuses with Democrats -- calling him a "racist," and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic caucus, blasting him as the "grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," which is the White House's address.
Sanders, who hasn't yet announced if he's running for president again, said at a South Carolina event, "It gives me no pleasure to tell you that we now have a president of the United States who is a racist. . . . What a president is supposed to do is to bring us together. And we have a president intentionally, purposely -- he is trying to divide us up by the color of our skin, by our gender, by the country we came from, by our religion."
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made similar comments in a 60 Minutes interview earlier this month, answering, "Yeah, yeah, no question," when she was asked if she thought Trump was a racist.
Meanwhile, in an event in New York, Jeffries compared Trump yesterday to a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, who are called "grand wizards." He said, "These are challenging times in the United States of America -- we have a hater in the White House, a birther in chief, the grand wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."