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Pete Lawrence - 17 Nov 2016


Bernie Sanders, currently on a tour promoting his new book 'Our Revolution' and makes the point on The Late Show that on his travels he has met "many beautiful people" who have inspired him today, even after his defeat. 

During his speech to Senate Democrats’ leadership team he clearly made the point that the party should be moving away from centrist Clinton territory.

“Can you go out and raise substantial amounts of money from the wealthy and Wall Street and other powerful special interests and then convince the American people that you are on the side of workers and the middle class, or do you finally have to say that we are going to take on the oligarchs, we are going to take on Wall Street and the drug companies and the insurance companies and the corporate media, and we are going to bring millions of people together to create a very different type of party than currently exists? That is a fundamental difference that exists between Bill and Hillary Clinton and myself.”

Sanders wasn't alone in beating Clinton in states such as Michigan and Wisconsin – Trump also did - but he suggested that Senate Democrats would be willing to work with the new president on economic issues that benefit working families. “Towards the end of the campaign he was actually using the term that many Democrats don’t use. He was saying that he was going to be the champion of the American working class. Well, Mr Trump, we have a list of everything that you said, and we are going to hold you to account.”

Following this thinly veiled invitation to Trump to now live up to his rhetoric, Sanders vowed to oppose bigotry, which earned a huge cheer from the audience, many of them students. He called on Trump to take back his appointing of Steve Bannon of the far-right Breitbart News as chief strategist, saying: “The president of the United States should not have a racist at his side. Unacceptable.”


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