Senator Bernie Sanders has announced he is running for the presidency again after his surprisingly strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
Sanders, 77, made the announcement in a radio interview in his home state of Vermont on Tuesday, saying he wants to take down ‘pathological liar’ Donald Trump.
“I am running for president for two reasons,” the self-described Democratic socialist told Vermont Public Radio.
“I think the current occupant of the White House is an embarrassment to our country,” Sanders said.
“I think he is a pathological liar… I also think he is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, somebody who is gaining cheap political points by trying to pick on minorities, often undocumented immigrants.”
In an email to supporters early on Tuesday, Sanders pledged to build a vast grassroots movement to confront the special interests he said dominate government and politics.
“Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice,” he said.
Like Trump, Sanders was an outsider when the 2016 presidential primaries began, but he came close to pulling off an upset over Clinton after capturing 23 state-nominating contests.
This time around he faces a field more heavily populated with other liberal progressives touting many of the same ideas he brought into the party mainstream.
The list of politicians seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination already includes his fellow Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.
A number of other high-profile Democrats are still considering presidential bids, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former Texas representative Beto O’Rourke.
The primaries and caucuses that determine the Democrat nominee for next year’s election will begin in February 2020 in Iowa.