By Ian Goldstein
September 19, 2015 at 02:20 PM EDT

Bernie Sanders joined Stephen Colbert on Friday’s episode of The Late Show, and two discussed why the presidential candidate refuses to be disparaged by being referred to as a socialist.

The senator detailed how, in a Scandinavian country like Denmark, citizens receive free health care as a right and have a more cost-effective system than the U.S. “For the middle class, wages are higher,” Sanders said. “So what you have is a society where government … should actually represent working people and the middle class rather than large campaign donors.”

Colbert also addressed the comparisons people have made between Sanders and Donald Trump. “I think that what Trump is doing is appealing to the baser instincts among us: Xenophobia and racism.” Sanders called the move to target a group of people “disgraceful” and “not something we should be doing in 2015.”

Sanders was treated like a celebrity rather than a politician in his appearance Friday night, receiving several rounds of applause, and the audience occasionally chanted his name. “You know, generally speaking, they chant my name,” the host told Sanders.

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Watch the clip above to see Sanders’ stance on socialism.

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