Politics

Sanders: Not All Trump Voters Are 'Racists And Sexists'

| by Ray Brown

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont held a rally in Boston with Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts where he denounced the narrative that everyone who voted for President Donald Trump is racist and sexist.

"Some people think that the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and deplorable folks. I don't agree, because I've been there," Sanders said, according to The Hill. "Let me tell you something else some of you might not agree with. It wasn't that Donald Trump won the election, it was that the Democratic Party lost the election."

Sanders went on to argue for a "fundamental restructuring of the Democratic party" that focuses on policy that benefits low and middle income Americans, which he said will result in more election wins on the state and national level.

"We need a Democratic Party that is not a party of the liberal elite but of the working class of this country, we need a party that is a grassroots party, where candidates are talking to working people not spending their time raising money for the wealthy and the powerful," Sanders said. "And when we do that, when we transform the Democratic Party, we transform America."

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Sanders' criticism of the Democratic Party agenda and the Hillary Clinton campaign came soon after former Vice President Joe Biden made a similar statement about the 2016 presidential campaign during an appearance at the University of Pennsylvania.

"What happened was that this was the first campaign that I can recall where my party did not talk about what it always stood for -- and that was how to maintain a burgeoning middle class," Biden said, according to CNN. "You didn't hear a single solitary sentence in the last campaign about that guy working on the assembly line making $60,000 bucks a year and a wife making $32,000 as a hostess in restaurant."

He added: "And they are making $90,000 and they have two kids and they can't make it and they are scared, they are frightened."

While Sanders spoke about economic policies, Warren took the time to criticize President Donald Trump.

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"The real point is not who Donald Trump is. It’s not what kind of person he is. The real point is what Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress are doing," she said, according to the Associated Press.

"I grew up in an America which was not perfect, but every day we had a better than 90 percent chance that we would do better than our parents," Warren added. "That has been ripped away from us."

Sources: Associated Press via Boston.com, The Hill, CNN / Photo Credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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