Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blasted President Trump's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries, arguing Monday the executive order is "racist" and divisive.

"Let's call it what it is. This ban is a racist and anti-Islamic attempt to divide us up," Sanders said in a statement.

The former presidential candidate argued that if Trump "respected our traditions of religious freedom" he wouldn't have used "hateful, anti-Islamic rhetoric to justify" the executive order.

"A president responsible for keeping our citizens safe would not hand over ideological ammunition to terrorists seeking new recruits to kill Americans," Sanders, a member of Senate Democratic leadership, added.

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