Politics

Bernie Says He’ll Work With Trump On One Condition

| by Zara Zhi

Bernie Sanders has said he would support president-elect Donald Trump only if he challenges corporate America.

"If Mr. Trump has the guts to stand up to those corporations," Sanders told reporters on Nov. 17, "he will have an ally with me."

Sanders is a democratic socialist and has previously been at odds with Trump. During the election, he supported Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton.

Some political experts and Clinton advisors have blamed Sanders for undermining Clinton's candidacy in the general election.

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"At the end of the day, my candidacy ended up being helpful to her -- if we believe candidates should not be anointed," Sanders said. "I'm happy to say my campaign brought millions of people into the political process, the vast majority of whom ended up voting for Hillary Clinton. I think it played a very positive role.

"Does that mean she and I are going to agree on every issue?" Sanders said. "Frankly, we are not going to agree on every issue, but her voice is important to be heard."

Now, it seems as if Sanders has had a change of heart, according to CNN.

But Sanders' support includes some caveats: Trump must protect Social Security and Medicare, negotiate lower drug prices, raise the minimum wage to $10, impose tariffs on companies who ship jobs overseas and re-establish Glass-Steagall regulations on Wall Street.

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However, he did not mention anything about cutting back on corporate-supported H1B visas. Trump’s campaign promises to stop outsourcing seem to fall in line with Sanders views on the subject.

House speaker Paul Ryan, has not committed to the idea and instead, believes in reforming U.S. corporate tax code, “not tariffs, not trade wars.”

Sanders said if Trump does not deliver on his promises and becomes a conventional conservative, he will expose himself as a “fraud.”

He has also vowed to fight Trump “tooth and nail” on climate change. Trump has previously stated that global warming was a “hoax” created by China to make U.S. manufacturing less competitive, reports Bloomberg.

Another area of contention between the Vermont Senator and Trump is the issue of tax cuts. Trump has proposed to cut taxes for the top one percent of earners by $317,000 per year.

But one thing they agree on is the status of America’s middle class.  

"(Trump) talked about a collapsing middle class in America," said Sanders. "He is right."

Sources: CNN, Bloomberg / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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