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.”