Saying the American dream of upward mobility is in “peril,” Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday gave a spirited defense of democratic socialism while condemning the power of the wealthy and differentiated himself from President Trump’s divisive politics. “It is my very strong belief that the United States must reject the path of hatred and divisiveness — and instead find the moral conviction to choose a different path, a higher path. A path of compassion, justice and love,” the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful said at George Washington University. The Vermont independent said Americans are living in an economy that is “fundamentally broken and grotesquely unfair” where working- and middle-class families “struggle to keep their heads above water.” He questioned whether people have the kind of “true freedom” that comes with the right to education, health care, a good job that pays a living wage, affordable housing and the right to live in a clean environment. “We must recognize that in the 21st century, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, economic rights are human rights,” he said. see also Bernie Sanders flips off urban minority kids Few things offend Bernie Sanders as much as people escaping… Trump, Sanders said, is a demagogue who is “attempting to deflect the attention of the American people away from the real crisis” and embraces socialism when it benefits him and his wealthy friends. “While President Trump and his fellow oligarchs attack us for our support of democratic socialism, they don’t really oppose all forms of socialism,” he said. “They may hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people, but they absolutely love corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires.” “He believes in corporate socialism for the rich and powerful. I believe in democratic socialism that works for American families,” Sanders continued. Invoking the progressive policies of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society that protected working families, Sanders said their work is not done. “Today in the second decade of the 21st century we must take up the unfinished business of the New Deal and carry it to completion,” he said. He called on Americans to reject divisive politics and see “ourselves as one nation” to fight for equality. “At the end of the day, the 1% may have enormous wealth and power, but they are just the 1%. When the 99% stand together, we can transform society,” he said.