(Bloomberg) -- Bernie Sanders is borrowing a rhetorical trick from President Donald Trump: throwing criticism back at your opponent.

During an interview on “CBS This Morning” Friday, the Vermont senator criticized what he called “socialism for the rich” under the Trump administration.

“In my view, to a significant degree, we are living right now, under Donald Trump, in a socialist society,“ he said. “The only difference is, does the government work for working people or does it work for billionaires?”

Sanders noted that Trump received more than $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies for Manhattan real estate projects, a number calculated by the New York Times from city records, and he criticized tax breaks that help the oil and gas industries.

“The fossil fuel industry receives tens of billions of dollars a year in subsidies and tax breaks,” he said. “That is socialism for the rich.”


Democratic presidential candidates will meet for their next debate on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas.

Nevada holds its caucuses on Feb. 22, and South Carolina has a primary on Feb. 29.

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