Bernie Sanders is a man on a mission.
In the 2016 election, Sanders had a dream for revolution, to take back the middle class and improve jobs and services for all.
He’s a proponent of free universal health care and an advocate for:
- religious rights and freedoms
- racial justice
- LGBTQ+ rights and equality
- class and income equality
- women’s rights
- veteran’s rights
- rights and accessibility for the disabled, and
- Indigenous rights and equality.
Bernie Sanders was going to make billionaires, Wall Street, and multi-national corporations pay “their fair share”.
He has a long-standing history with public service and is currently serving his second term as a Vermont senator. He previously worked for 16 years in the House of Representatives – the longest run of any independent in American history.
Previously, he was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont where he still resides. He is a ranking member of the Senate Budgeting Committee.
After losing the Democratic Party’s nomination to Hillary Clinton, Sanders stood behind Clinton to prevent Donald Trump, GOP candidate from landing the Presidency. He asserted on numerous occasions that he believed Donald Trump was the champion of everything horrible in America and has been vowed to hold him accountable.
In early November, upon hearing of the results of the election, Sanders acknowledged:
‘…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.’
At George Washington University later in November, Bernie Sanders tells Trump that he has “a list of everything you said, and we are going to hold you to account…” He urges the attendees and viewers then to:
‘Pay attention to see what he now does. Whether or not everything he was saying to the working class of this country was hypocrisy…or sincere.’
Bernie Sanders also calls Trump out regarding his appointment of Steve Bannon, who many believe to be a racist. He also opposed Trump for denying the reality of climate change.
Despite losing the Democratic nomination, many Bernie supporters remained strong. They urged him to run independently, they urged him not to back Clinton, and when those things didn’t happen, they went out in droves chanting “Bernie or Bust.”
They were so extremely passionate about the ideas and philosophy of Bernie Sanders that they were not willing to accept the loss or let go of their hopes for a revolution.
…And for them, we have some wonderful news: Bernie Sanders is not denying the potential for him to run again for President in 2020.
On Monday at a town hall, CNN prompted Sanders about whether there would be a second attempt. Sanders responded:
‘It is much too early to talk about that.’
Sanders’ lack of response on the topic is likely solely due to his desire to focus on the present, and in trying to protect the American people. He notes that:
‘What we have got to worry about is how we deal with the issues that impact us today.’
How many of Sanders’ millions of supporters would come out for him, if he did try again, remains to be seen. But it is probably reasonable to believe that once America survives 4 years of Donald Trump… more would be on board for a progressive Bernie Sanders.
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