Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies in Lansing to repeal Republican tax plan

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LANSING (WJRT) (2/25/2018) - Lansing was one of the stops for former presidential candidate and current Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on his national tour against the new federal tax law.

The message he's sharing is to repeal the Trump Tax Plan. The senator didn't hold anything back when got up on stage to speak to his supporters.

This event, put on by the organization Not One Penny, is to reject the new tax plan, which would increase the U.S. national debt by more than $1 trillion.

“America is not supposed to be an economy in which the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent,” Sanders told the enthusiastic crowd.

Sanders, an independent from Vermont, didn't waste any time going after Trump.

"The president of the United States is a pathological liar,” Sanders said.

Not everyone at the rally was there to hear Sanders. Benjamin Hirschman and a handful of Trump supporters gathered outside the event center to protest the rally.

Hirschman studies public relations at Grand Valley State University.
He's hoping the tax plan will trickle down when he graduates.

"Once I get a job out of college, I will be graduating in the spring and I hope to see the fruits of all this,” Hirschman said.

Barbara Schuller said she's doesn't see any benefits coming her way.
She's worried that eventually her Social Security benefits will get cut.

"It could make the difference between making ends meet or not -- being able to deal with the medical problems that I deal with on a monthly basis,” Schuller said.

Sanders also spent time addressing raising the middle wage, health care and gun control.