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Bernie Sanders kicks off 2020 campaign in Brooklyn

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) started his first campaign rally Saturday on the attack, calling President Trump “the most dangerous president in modern American history.”

“We are going to transform this country and finally create an economy and a government which works for all of us, not just the 1 percent,” he said to applause in his native Brooklyn.

Sanders voiced themes he has sounded since his first presidential campaign shook the Democratic establishment in 2016.

“The underlying principles of our government will not be greed, hatred and lies,” the social democrat said. “It will not be racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and religious bigotry.

“This campaign will be based on justice–on economic justice, on social justice, on racial justice, on environmental justice.”

A crowd of thousands had turned up in spite of snowfall earlier in the day.

“I’m here to support the potential of a movement that lives up to the values that I have—social goods spread out over more people,” said Edward Kramer, 40, of Brooklyn.

Sanders, who lost the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton in 2016, was scheduled to travel later Saturday to a rally at Navy Pier in Chicago. He was also expected to make a stop in Selma, Alabama, for events marking the anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march of 1965.

Khristina Narizhnaya contributed reporting.

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