Bernie Sanders has a message for US president elect Donald Trump

It's short but covers a lot of ground


Bernie Sanders has said he and progressives would ‘vigorously oppose’ President Donald Trump should he pursue ‘racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies’.

In his first statement after Trump’s election on Tuesday, Sanders said the result was caused by anger over growing inequality in America.

The Vermont Senator, who lost the Democratic Party nomination to Hillary Clinton, said he and progressives are willing to work with Trump ‘to the degree that he is serious’ about improving the lives of working people.

His remarks come after Senator Elizabeth Warren, a fierce critic of Trump during the campaign, held out an olive branch yesterday, telling the Boston Globe: ‘President-elect Trump promised to rebuild our economy for working people, and I offer to put aside our differences and work with him on that task.’

Here is the full statement from Sanders:

“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media.

People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer.

To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him.

To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”

Adam Barnett is staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBarnett13 

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13 Responses to “Bernie Sanders has a message for US president elect Donald Trump”

  1. GodfreyR

    That sounds just like the attitude of the anti-democracy remoaners here in the UK.

  2. Craig Mackay

    The difference in the UK is that the right-wing Brexiteers have no intention of improving significantly the lot of the left-behinders who brought them into prominence. Conservatives are just not very good at revolutions. I rather doubt that Trump either will be able to create a genuine revolution that helps the poor.

  3. Tezza

    Why do people like Bernie Saunders refer to themselves as ‘Progressives’?

    Peddling economic policies that have been shown multiple times across the world to be complete failures is regressive not progressive.

    Since the collapse of the USSR socialists have done a good job at rebranding their failed doctrine with the words ‘liberal’ and ‘progressive’, which is ironic because we all know socialism is the antithesis of liberalism and progress.

  4. Anon

    For “progressive” read Globalist.

    If Labour wish to re-establish their links to the ‘left-behinders’, they are going to have to ditch this Orwellian bullshit and start to represent and work for them.

    I want my Labour party back – I’m sick of this university-educated class who have hijacked it.

  5. Highlighter

    “I want my Labour party back – I’m sick of this university-educated class who have hijacked it.”

    So true. Since Blair the labour party just takes for granted its working class voters, whilst at the same time holding them in utter contempt. Who does the labour party represent now?, and why does it tolerate massive hypocrites like Diane Abbott? Its too toxic for me to touch these days

  6. Craig Mackay

    I think Anon has hit the nail on the head. We are moving into a time of revolution. The left-behinders have spoken in the UK and the US. Their needs have been dreadfully neglected since the crash of 2008 and before. We need clean, clear and articulate policies from Labour that is comprehensive and deals with those things that actually matter to this vast number of ignored traditional Labour supporters. The Labour message is fundamentally fair. It needs to address changes to taxation and investment in the UK, and be prepared to talk about immigration as well as the things we are good at such as social care and the NHS. We really cannot keep waiting for white smoke to emanate from the University-educated in secret rooms in darkest Islington. Labour supporters across the country should be being energised by the prospects for a radical shift in the UK.

    If you really haven’t got anything better to do then here is a strawman policy that I think provides an outline of the sort of thing we need. See:

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  8. Mick

    Yeah, the wind has changed! It’s BLOWING IN YOUR FACE! You weren’t chosen, Berners old son, get over it.

    That’s why you come out with names. Well, old cock, try insulting the left wing rioters who smash up America, just ‘cos you’re not the boss. Try insulting those snowflake idiots holding candlelight vigils, for example in Bristol.

    ‘Ooooo, my kids are upset!’ Yeah, cos you made ’em, whacko!

    Try insulting JEAN CLAUDE JUNKER, big shot in that EU you seem to all love. He’s extended the hand of friendship to Trump, to beg him to stand by the EU in its time of PC trouble!

    Oh, YES! Yeeee-haaa, grab that chili dog and ride your horse! There’s been a HUGE socker-punch to the left wing craw by the public! And boy, are these fruitloops all-a-reelin’!

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  10. Mick

    “The Labour message is fundamentally fair.”

    They don’t even know what it is!

  11. ted francis

    Sieg heil Mick. Now to which chapter of the KKK do you belong? Exactly what is it about a fair, more egalitarian society that appears to scare you witless?

  12. Mick

    Yup, the insults come out. BEST way to show my opponents are morally bankrupt.

    Fancy a quick chorus of HEARTS AND FLOWERS?

  13. Michael WALKER

    >ted francis

    Ever heard of Godwin’s law.?

    Your first two words condemned the rest of what you write.. Calling people Nazis is not an argument but a sign of – take your pick- stupidity, frustration,inability to argue logically..

    Name calling – from whichever side – says most about the writer than the abused.

    (Some of us have been called “morons” and “uneducated” on the Merkel thread.. By someone who supported beating up – or worse – anyone he disagreed with..)

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