In the wake of Trump’s general election victory, Bernie Sanders criticized the Democratic party for failing to connect with working people in America, suggesting that the left has lost its way.
“It is an embarrassment, I think, to the entire of [the] Democratic Party that millions of white working-class people decided to vote for Mr. Trump,” Sanders told the Associated Press. “Which suggests that the Democratic message of standing up for working people no longer holds much sway among workers in this country.
“You cannot be a party which on one hand says we’re in favor of working people, we’re in favor of the needs of young people but we don’t quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class,” he wrote today. “People do not believe that. You’ve got to decide which side you’re on.”
Sanders also wrote in a statement yesterday that he is willing to cooperate with Trump “to the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country.”
However, Sanders has expressed grave doubts about the likelihood of this outcome.
“I hope I’m wrong, but I believe that he is a fraud, and I think despite all of his rhetoric about being a champion of the working class, it will turn out to be hollow,” Sanders said.
During the Democratic primaries, hypothetical polling consistently featured Sanders as doing much better in a match up against Trump than Clinton. While the Sanders campaign was often mocked by its critics as mostly appealing to white males, this demographic was where Clinton faltered the most dramatically.
Sanders has confirmed that he plans to run for the Senate again in 2018, and has not ruled out another presidential run, saying “Four years is a long time from now. We’ll take one thing at a time, but I’m not ruling out anything.”
If Donald Trump takes people's anger and turns it against Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans and women, we will be his worst nightmare.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 10, 2016
Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. Follow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW