Ex-Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein says Russia should back Bernie Sanders

Lloyd Blankfein thinks the Kremlin should feel the Bern.

The former Goldman Sachs CEO lashed out at Bernie Sanders Tuesday night, suggesting Russia should back the Vermont senator in the presidential election to further disrupt American politics.

“If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US,” Blankfein wrote on Twitter after Sanders claimed victory in the New Hampshire primary.

The ex-Wall Street honcho — who backed Hillary Clinton in 2016 but has also given generously to Republican senators — called the left-wing Democratic frontrunner “just as polarizing” as President Trump. “AND he’ll ruin our economy and doesn’t care about our military,” he added.

“If I’m Russian, I go with Sanders this time around,” Blankfein tweeted.

Sanders has cast himself as a champion of working people who will take on powerful millionaires and billionaires — and his campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, seemed to relish the attack from Blankfein.

“This is what panic from the Wall Street elite looks and sounds like,” Shakir tweeted early Wednesday morning.

Sanders did win some praise from Alexey Navalny, a Russian opposition leader, anti-corruption activist and vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin.

“So nice to wake up and find out that Bernie won! I cheered for him,” Navalny said on Twitter, according to a translation.

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Blankfein’s late-night tweet was his latest outburst at the progressive wing of the winnowing Democratic presidential field. He previously sparred with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who like Sanders wants to impose a wealth tax on the richest Americans.

After Warren trolled Blankfein and other business bigwigs in a November campaign ad, he suggested that “tribalism is just in her DNA” — an apparent reference to the senator’s claims of Native American heritage.

Blankfein has not given money to any presidential candidates this election cycle, according to campaign finance records. He most recently donated $5,600 in September to a political action committee for US Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat who leads the Queens County Democratic Party, records show.

Several Republicans have also received campaign cash from Blankfein since 2015, including Sens. Rob Portman, Richard Shelby and Roy Blunt and former Sen. Bob Corker, records show.

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