Despite their many differences, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump always had at least one thing in common – a desire for America’s trade policies to actually benefit America and American workers first. And although the Vermont senator campaigned hard for Hillary Clinton, now that the election is over it looks like he and the president-elect might have some common ground upon which to work together.
In a statement released Wednesday, Sanders said, “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.”
It’s entirely possible that Sanders, because of his economic populist message, is the only candidate who might have out-trumped Trump in rust belt states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. As it happened, however, Trump got to face a corrupt, lying globalist shill instead, and the displaced, forgotten workers of those states jumped at the chance to make their voices heard.
Sanders’ message did come with a caveat, however.
“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,” the senator said. “To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”
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