Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed exactly how Democrats will treat Trump as the most unpopular president in history, and win in 2018.
Sanders said during an interview on CBS’s Face The Nation:
The major issue is as we go into the 2018 elections dealing with the most unpopular president in a three month period in American history is as you recall, in 2014 we had a voter turnout of 36% in the midterm elections. Almost two out of three Americans didn’t vote, and Republicans did very very well. If that continues, there is no future forward for the Democratic Party. So what we have got to do, and what Democrats have got to do is go all over this country. Start getting into those red states, which have been ignored for decades. Start growing the voter turnout.
Having an agenda which brings people together to say that in the richest country in the history of the world. Yeah. You know what? We can have health care for all people as a right. We can raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. No. Donald Trump is not right. Climate change is not a hoax. It is a major planetary crisis. We’ve gotta transform our energy system.
If we focus on those issues, voter turnout goes up.
Sen. Sanders was correct on a few different points. The goal shouldn’t be to go into red states and win right away. The goal is to rebuild the party by increasing voter turnout in these states, and the way to get people into the party is by talking about the issues that matter to them. Health care matters. Raising the minimum wage is a proven winning issue in red states.
The Trump White House is terrified that their fake populism will be exposed. If real populism ever replaces the sheep in wolf’s clothing populism that Republicans have been running on, Democrats won’t just win elections in 2018; they’ll win elections for years to come.