After months of speculation, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders officially announced his second Presidential run.
According to CNN, Sanders, 77, made his official bid known in an interview with Vermont Public Radio, and affirmed his 2020 run in a statement to supporters shortly after.
“I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country,” he said in the statement.
Sanders won the support of many Americans with his progressive policy agenda, which includes free higher education and health care expansion. He’s also reportedly planning to “[transform] the country” with a campaign based upon foundational principles of “economic, social, racial and environmental justice.”
In an email sent out to supporters Tuesday (Feb. 19) announcing his run, Sanders called out Donald Trump, stating that he is “a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction.”
“Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant,” he continued in his email. “Now is the time for us to stand together.”