Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont blames presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party for losing the presidential election (video below).
On Nov. 14, Sanders appeared on talk show "The View" to discuss the results of the presidential election and President-elect Donald Trump's victory.
On the show, Sanders, who did not win the 2016 Democratic nomination, said Trump was able to touch a nerve with the working class in a way the Democratic Party did not.
"Trump touched a nerve on the part of millions of people," Sanders explained, Variety reports. "You have a middle class for the last 40 years that has been shrinking ... You got millions of people living in extraordinary economic anxiety, and meanwhile, the very richest people and largest corporations are doing phenomenally well."
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He added, "And people are saying all over this country -- black and white and Latino -- 'What about me? Who's going to stand up for me?'" Sanders said. "In my view, the Democratic Party has not been as strong as it should be in saying it will stand with the working people."
"I think it is fair to say that the working class of this country didn’t believe that she [Clinton] was prepared to stand up and fight for them," he added, The Daily Caller reports. "Even if her policies were."
"The View" co-host Joy Behar asked Sanders his thoughts about claims that if he had won the nomination he would have beaten Trump.
"Who knows and who will ever know," Sanders answered. "The point is we have to talk about the future and how we go forward."
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The senator mentioned all the campaign promises Trump made: trade, infrastructure improvements, pay equity, higher wages and prescription drugs. Sanders said he agreed with the president-elect on many of these issues and would work hard to hold the new president accountable.
Sanders also took a moment to admonish the discriminatory tone apparent in Trump's campaign and the increase in acts of racism and hate crimes that have taken place in the country since Election Day.
"We are not going to accept a president trying to divide us up. Our enemies are not some Latino guy, some Mexican-American working in a tomato field making nine bucks an hour," Sanders said. "Those are not our enemies and I don’t want millions of people being worried today about families being separated. I’ve seen too much of that. We’re going to fight against sexism, racism and xenophobia."
The progressive politician also talked about climate change, an issue Trump considers a "hoax" perpetuated by the Chinese.
"He better start listening to the scientific communities and not just the coal company and the oil companies. If he doesn’t, you’re not going to have much of a planet left for your grandchildren," Sanders warned.