Senator Bernie Sanders shared a stage in Boston alongside Senator Elizabeth Warren Friday evening, and together they mobilized their liberal followers to continue rising up against President Trump.
Sanders spoke at several sold-out events Friday, including at the Edward M. Kennedy (EMK) Institute, promoting his book at MIT in Cambridge, and appearing with Democratic senator Warren at a rally organized by Our Revolution at the Orpheum Theatre.
The Democratic duo appeared in front of hundreds of enthusiastic supporters. Together, the senators echoed themes about health care for all Americans, increasing the minimum wage, government-provided college tuition, and improving the quality of life for the middle class –familar rhetoric Sanders delivered throughout his campaign.
When discussing the topic of heath care coverage, Sanders vowed that he would push to make it available to everyone in the U.S, which garnered chants from the crowd.
Warren also drew cheers when she credited protesters for putting pressure on Republicans over their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, which failed to pass last week. “To everyone in this room, and everyone around the country who got up and fought back the biggest assault on health care in this country — and won!” Warren said.
She also took shots at Trump while telling the audience to remain focused on his policies rather than his personality. “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.
“We believe that democracy is not for sale, that we must overturn Citizens United, we must return this government to the people, and that’s why I wanted to be here with my friend, Bernie Sanders,” Warren called out, as the packed audience erupted in chants of “Bernie! Bernie!”
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Earlier in the day, at the EMK Institute for the U.S. Senate, Sanders offered sharp remarks about the Democratic party’s failure to clinch the presidential election.”Trump did not win the presidency. The Democratic Party lost the presidency,” said the Vermont senator. During that same speech, he called Trump a “fraud,” though attributed Trump’s victory to figuring out what the Democrats could not: Americans are fed up, angry, and “living in despair.”
“If you sit home and think Donald Trump won because all of the people who voted for him are racists or sexists or homophobes, I think you got it wrong. What he did is he developed campaign rhetoric and proposals . . . that addressed some of those issues,” he said. “The only problem is that Donald Trump lied,” Sanders continued. “He told the American people during his campaign one thing, and the day after he was inaugurated he began to move this country in a very different way.”
An overarching message delivered by both senators at the Boston political rally was to organize and resist the agenda of President Trump. “We got to fight,” Warren said. “We got to be in the fight, we got to be willing to go into the fight. We have to fight if we’re going to win.”
— Jan Heijdra (@janheijdra) April 1, 2017
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