Billionaire and Democratic donor Haim Saban praised the nomination contenders before slamming Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSteyer rolls out largest TV ad buy of Democratic primary so far: report Biden campaign looks to correct early stumbles Progressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats MORE (I-Vt.) as a “disaster zone” in an interview published Wednesday.
“We love all 23 candidates,” Saban told The Hollywood Reporter.
“No, minus one. I profoundly dislike Bernie Sanders, and you can write it. I don’t give a hoot. He’s a communist under the cover of being a socialist. He thinks that every billionaire is a crook. He calls us ‘the billionaire class.’ And he attacks us indiscriminately. ‘It’s the billionaire class, the bad guys.’ This is how communists think. So, 22 are great. One is a disaster zone.”
Saban, a media mogul, and his wife Cheryl Saban, donate millions to political candidates, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Sanders has centered his presidential campaign in opposition to extreme accumulation of wealth by a few Americans when others struggle with basic necessities.
When Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerSteyer rolls out largest TV ad buy of Democratic primary so far: report The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump under pressure to jettison Labor secretary The Memo: Democrats irked as billionaire Steyer joins 2020 race MORE, another billionaire, entered the Democratic race Tuesday, Sanders said he was a “bit tired of seeing billionaires trying to buy political power.”
The Vermont lawmaker has rejected high-dollar fundraisers during his campaign, focusing on grassroots and small donor contributions.
Sanders raised $18 million in the second quarter of 2019 from more than 1 million contributions, 99 percent of which were $100 or less, according to his campaign.
Sanders’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saban’s criticism.