Bernie Sanders: I Don't Accept The Trump Administration's Claim That Iran Is Behind Oil Tanker Attack


Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted President Trump in an interview Tuesday with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, calling him a "pathological liar" and a "racist... sexist... homophobic... religious bigot" who is trying "to throw 32 million people off of healthcare."

"I’m surprised that he has the time to tweet, I thought he would be watching, you know, some Fox TV program," Sanders said. "Look, he can tweet all that he wants to tweet, but let me just say this: You have a president who, despite what one of his supporters mentioned a moment ago, is, in fact, a pathological liar, he is a racist, he is a sexist, he is a homophobe, and he is a religious bigot."

Sanders also strongly condemned the Trump administration's Iran policy, saying he does not trust the Trump administration's claim that Iran is behind the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week.

ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: I want to ask you about Iran. We're seeing increasing tensions. Secretary Pompeo is going to be speaking from CENTCOM. Iran is threatening to break out of the nuclear deal for the first time in 14 months, according to international inspectors, even though the president withdrew from it. We see these hits on the tankers. They say there's intelligence, the Brits agree with the U.S. that this was Iranians or Iranian proxies. There could be an accidental war. What do you, if you're President Bernie Sanders, what do you do right now where Iran is arguably acting aggressively--

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: Whoa, whoa, whoa --

MITCHELL: -- even if it is in reaction to the U.S. policymaking.

SANDERS: Just a couple of points. First of all, what is absolutely necessary is an objective investigation as to these incidents. The destruction or the bombing or attacking of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman is not acceptable. We need to investigate it.

MITCHELL: You don't accept -- let me just ask you don't accept the declaration from the Secretary of State?

SANDERS: No, I don't. It needs to be an objective investigation. As you know the Japanese -- in fact, the owner of the tanker that was attacked disagrees with Trump. But here's the main point I want to make. If you look at the recent history of this country, I think we understand that the two worst foreign policy disasters were based on lies that came from the White House. You remember the so-called Gulf of Tonkin incident that led us to increase military involvement in Vietnam. Man, I could speak -- that was my generation. 59,000 brave young men never came home from that war. Tens of thousands more died, committed suicide, got into drugs when they came home. That was based on a lie.

Then you look more recently at the war in Iraq, which I oppose because I did not believe Cheney and I did not believe John Bolton. I did not believe the Bush administration. Again, based on a lie that Saddam Hussein and Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

Let me just say this, I'll do everything I personally can as a United States Senator to stop the United States attacking Iran. If we go into a war with Iran, this will be an asymmetrical war which will go on and on and on. There will be never-ending wars in the middle east. It will make the war in Iraq look like a cake walk. So we have got to do everything we can to bring the antagonists, Saudi Arabia, which is a brutal dictatorship, together with Iran. Bring them together. Use the power of the united states to work out a diplomatic solution, not a military solution.

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