On the campaign trail, presidential candidate Donald Trump saw a unique and prosperous opportunity; siphon strong numbers of would-be votes from the Bernie Sanders campaign in order to win swing-vote favor over Hillary Clinton.
With the latter having secured her party’s nomination, Trump took advantage of the electorate by simply echoing some of Sanders’ strongest sentiments – invoking particularly many of the Vermont Senator’s popular ideals toward free trade deals and American manufacturing – and then reneging on his supposed values once winning the election.
Since his win, Trump has done all but negate nearly every pro-America ideal that Bernie and his supporters have championed. From financial transparency on Wall Street to political reform, equal civil liberties to championing for workers’ rights, the Trump administration has been hammering at the coffin of a true people’s republic to the detriment of every Sanders-turned-Trump voter.
In short, some months since the election and only a mere two weeks into the Trump presidency, it seems his valued, Bernie-esque proclamations were as ill-fitted as his “Made in Mexico” clothing line.
If you happen to follow the Senator on social media, you would know that he has been far from silent. More publicly, however, in a recent CNN interview, Bernie Sanders slammed the Trump administration for its rampant hypocrisies and overtly challenged the president’s legitimacy:
“It is hard not to laugh, to see President Trump alongside these Wall Street guys,” Sanders said. “I have to say this, Jake, and I don’t mean to be disrespectful, this guy is a fraud.”
Sanders is referring to Trump’s multiple self-slandering appointments of Wall Street billionaires to his cabinet.
“Man, this guy, he’s a good showman, I’ll give him that, “ Sanders added. “He’s a good TV guy.”
“This guy ran for president of the United States saying, ‘I, Donald Trump, I’m going to take on Wall Street. These guys are getting away with murder. And then, suddenly, he appoints all these billionaires. His major financial adviser comes from Goldman Sachs. And now he is going to dismantle legislation that protects consumers.”
Sanders urged Republican leadership to “have the courage to stand up to Trump’s movement towards authoritarianism.”
Sanders on Trump: “This guy is a fraud.”
“Many men and women of our military did not stand up and fight and die to lead us in the direction of an authoritarian society,” he said. “We are a democracy, not a one-man show. We are not another Trump enterprise. It’s called the United States of America. We’re not a business run by Mr. Trump.”
Sanders also weighed in on the new president’s Supreme Court nominee as well as his recent Tweet ridiculing U.S. District Court Judge James Robart as a “so-called judge” for disagreeing with the proposed Muslim ban executive order.
To this point, Sanders says “I want a Supreme Court that is going to stand up for civil liberties, for constitutional rights, for the rights of workers, for environmental rights, for the rights of women.”
Despite having lost the Democratic primary to Clinton, Sanders became one of her most outspoken supporters on Capitol Hill for the “#NeverTrump” effort leading up the the election, and brought many – but not all- of his supporters with him.
Even now, he remains perhaps the most unequivocally vocal legislator within the resistance movement against the president. It will be interesting to see what gravitas his role retains in the months and years to come.Click here for reuse options!
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