Watch: Bernie Sanders Ad Hijacks Trump's 'Art of the Deal' to Condemn America's 'Rigged Economy'

Reimagining Donald Trump's 1987 The Art of the Deal, a new Bernie Sander ad takes aim at the tax-avoiding super-wealthy elite and the political corruption that maintains income inequality.


"It's the art of the steal, and it's hiding in plain sight,” a female voice announces. “The ultra-rich employ an army of lobbyists to write tax policy to avoid paying their fair share. It’s a part of the corrupt political system that keeps in place a rigged economy. Where Wall Street buys out elections and stops meaningful oversight.”

The ad suggests that only a candidate who is not beholden to Wall Street can change the economy for everyone—someone like Bernie Sanders, of course, who has relied on individual donations averaging $27 to fund his campaign. By contrast, all the other candidates have the financial backing (and burden) of super PACs. 

In 2008, the Senate approved a $700 billion Wall Street bailout. Sanders voted against the bill, which forced the American taxpayer to save mega-banks that were deemed "too big to fail."

”The bailout package is far better than the absurd proposal originally presented to us by the Bush administration, but is still short of where we should be," Sanders said. "If a bailout is needed, if taxpayer money must be placed at risk, if we are going to bail out Wall Street."

Watch the spot below:

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