Bernie Sanders said he is going to work with President elect Donald Trump if he "has the courage to develop policies that will impro...
Bernie Sanders said he is going to work with President elect Donald Trump if he "has the courage to develop policies that will improve lives of the working people."
In an interview with CBS, seven days after the 2016 election which ruled Trump as the 45th President, Sanders talked about supporting Trump, but also criticized Trump for his previous racist remarks, saying it "is very easy for a President to take on little girls who wear head scarfs, or Muslim, Latinos and minorities. Little bit harder to take on Wallstreet and the drug companies, and the insurance companies."
When asked why he believed Clinton lost the race most major polls had her winning, Sanders said "a lot of people don't think the Democratic party isn't standing with them, that has got to change."
The CBS team repeatedly referenced James Comey, the FBI director who re-opened the email investigation on Hillary Clinton just a week before the election leading many to believe it played a major role in her loss, and said that the Clinton campaign believes is the reason "voters broke for Donald Trump in the last week". Sanders brushed off the accusations that Comey played a role in Clinton's loss, instead saying, "this is what I think went wrong; what Trump did very effectively is tap the angst, and the anger, and the hurt, and the pain that millions of working class people are feeling, and what he said is: 'I, Donald Trump, I'm going to be a champion of the working class. That's the word he used. I know you work longer hours for lower wages, and seeing your jobs go to Chinese, can't afford child care, can't afford to send your kids to college. I, Donald Trump alone can solve these problems'."
Sanders continued, saying he plans to hold Trump accountable to the claims he made while running for Presidency.
"We'll what we're going to do," Sanders told the CBS team, "we're going to hold Mr. Trump accountable, we have all the things that he said, and we're going to say to Mr. Trump; 'if you have the courage to actually stand up to the big money and trust of the billionaire class, if you have the courage to, in fact, develop policies that will improve lives for working people, count us in. I'm going to work with you."
Sanders continued, saying that if Trump wants to "rebuild the infrastructure, want to raise wages, want to end the disastrous trade policies with sending our jobs to China, you want pay equity for women? We're on your side."
White, working class voters become a point of discussion for Sanders
When asked if he is "surprised a billionaire could connect so well, when the Democrats could not?", Sanders talked about how he is "embarrassed" to be apart of a party that cannot connect with the white, working class voters.
The comments come in contrast with Sanders previous comments earlier in the DNC primaries, when he said in a debate with Hillary Clinton, "when you're white, you don't know what it's like to be living in a ghetto. You don't know what it's like to be poor." Now, it seems Sanders is open to a more understanding view point of what he calls the "white, working class".
"It's a fair question," Sanders said. "On the other hand, what you're looking at is a guy who used the media, manipulated the media very well. He is an entertainer, he is a professional at that. But, I will tell you, that I think there needs to be a profound change in the way the Democratic party does business. It is not good enough to have a 'liberal elite'." The 'liberal elite' Sanders is referring to is Hillary Clinton, who's main political slogan Stronger Together failed to beat Trump's Make America Great Again.
Sanders: "I am deeply humiliated that the Democratic party can not talk to the people from where I came from."
Sanders added that he "comes from the white, working class", saying he is "deeply humiliated that the Democratic party can not talk to the people from where I came from."
When asked if he had been the candidate, and had the chance to relate to the white , working class like Sanders references, if he would have won, Sanders said, "Hindsight is great, I don't know."
Sanders continued to hammer the Democratic party and their disconnection with America's working class, saying, "the Democratic party has got to stand with the working people of this country. Feel their pain, and take on the billionaire class, and take on Wallstreet, take on the drug companies."
Again, Sanders was asked if he thought Comey played a role in Clinton's devastating loss Tuesday night, in which he answered, "that's a minor look. It's not a question of what happens in the last week, the question is that she should have won this election by ten percentage points. The question is why it is that millions of white, working class people who voted for Obama, turned their backs on the Democratic party. And I think a lot of people do not think the Democratic party is standing with them, that has got to change."
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