On Wednesday Bernie Sanders released a statement on his website about President-elect Donald Trump’s victory. Sander’s statement acknowledged that Trump was able to tap into the same anger many of his supporters felt, and he offered to work with Donald Trump when he takes office in January. This offer doesn’t come without a stipulation though.
“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer.
To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”
In the past Sanders has called Donald Trump “dangerous and un-American,” and before this statement was released, a top adviser to Sanders told CNN reporter Jeff Zeleny that their campaign had “nothing polite to say right now.”
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