Bill Gates is calling on the world to reject Donald Trump and help elect Bernie Sanders, a progressive who could make the transition to the White House from his current seat on the U.S. Congress.
The tech magnate, who has been a vocal critic of Trump, has a $25 billion fortune, a global reach, and an outsized influence on policy.
He said in an interview with The Associated Press that he thinks Trump will make a great president, even if he doesn’t win.
“He’s very smart, and he’s a smart person,” Gates said.
“But I think he has a real weakness.
I don, I think, he has been really blind to his weaknesses.
I think his political instincts are not very good.”
Gates is among a number of wealthy, politically active Democrats who are calling on Americans to reject Trump and endorse Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who is seeking the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Democratic President Joe Biden.
Trump is scheduled to take the oath of office on Friday, when he faces the nation’s top court on whether to remove him from office.
He has said he intends to stay in office for the next four years.
Gates has long spoken out against Trump’s policies and said in the interview that he believes Sanders could be a good president.
But Gates said Sanders’ economic agenda, including his proposal to break up big banks, would be a better way to deal with the country’s problems.
He also said Sanders has made good on his promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, which was signed into law by former President Barack Obama in 2010.
“I think it’s the right time for people to take a step back and look at the alternatives,” Gates told AP.
We have a president that is very irresponsible. “
He hasn’t done anything.
We have a president that is very irresponsible.
He is not going to be able to deliver the goods.”
Gases interview comes after the former president on Friday unveiled his own plan to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act.
The White House has said Trump will sign a bill repealing the ACA that the Congressional Budget Office said would increase the number of uninsured by 18 million people.
The bill would also eliminate tax credits for people who purchase insurance on the health-care exchanges established by the law.
The former president’s plan would also impose a 35 percent tax on health-insurance plans sold on the exchanges.
That tax, known as the Cadillac tax, would kick in on insurance plans sold through the federal marketplace.
The Trump administration estimates it will generate $10 billion in new tax revenue.
The Senate is expected to begin debating the tax legislation later this week, with the Senate Finance Committee meeting Monday.
Gays are now allowed to marry in New York state, but gay marriage was still prohibited in several states, including Maryland, which passed a bill in January that prohibits gay marriage.
A Gallup poll released Friday found support for same-sex marriage among Americans at record highs in 2017.
The survey found 54 percent of Americans now support same-kind-of-marriage rights, up from 49 percent in 2016.