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Bernie Sanders on Billionaire Class: “I Welcome Their Hatred”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., smiles as he is asked about running for president during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. Sanders will announce his plans to seek the Democratic nomination for president on Thursday, presenting a liberal challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a "democratic socialist," will follow a statement with a major campaign kickoff in his home state in several weeks. Two people familiar with his announcement spoke to The Associated Press under condition of anonymity to describe internal planning. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Bernie Sanders welcomes the disdain of the uber-wealthy.

On Saturday, Sen. Bernie Sanders channeled Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s disdain for the mega-rich who seek personal gain over the common good.

After delivering an hour-long speech, Sanders opened the floor up to questions at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

“I want to know if you are the next coming of FDR. We will fight for you if you will fight the Republicans in Congress,” asked one man in the crowd of about 400 people. “I voted eight years ago for hope and change, and I’m still waiting.”

On Saturday, Sanders pointed out how FDR called the wealthy protectors of the status quo “economic royalists.”

“He said, ‘They hate my guts. Never have they hated someone as much as they hate me. And I welcome their hatred,’” Sanders said.

“And let me echo that today: If the Koch Brothers and the billionaire class hate my guts, I welcome their hatred. Because I am going to stand with working families.”

In a 1936 speech at Madison Square Garden, just days before his reelection, Roosevelt described his opposition as “the old enemies of peace: business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering.”

“They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.”

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