While being interviewed by the Des Moines Register editorial board, Sen. Bernie Sanders slapped Republicans the reality of their failed policies while calling out their racist attacks on immigrants.
While speaking to the Des Moines Register editorial board, Sen. Sanders said:
In the year 2015, candidates for President Of The United States should not be making racist remarks about people who come from Latin America or from Mexico. I would have hoped that we have gone beyond that. I would also hope that we would not be engaging in demagoguery against undocumented people in this country.
If tomorrow, every person who in this country who is undocumented left this country, your agricultural system would likely collapse as well as many other aspects of our economy.
So for a start, it was not undocumented people in this country whose greed and recklessness on Wall Street drove us into the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression.
It wasn’t undocumented people in this country who got us into a war in Iraq that we never should have gotten into.
It wasn’t undocumented people in this country who gave huge tax breaks to billionaires and are fighting to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. And I think they’re being used as a punching bag, and I resent that.
We can have differences of opinion on how we proceed in terms of immigration and treating undocumented people, but let’s not demagogue the issue. Let’s have the courage to stand up to the people who really have power in this country. The Wall Street people and the corporate America people, and not just beat on people who are without legal status.
Bernie Sanders dropped a serious dose of reality on the Republican Party by speaking the truth. Republicans are using immigrants to cover up for their legacy of failure.
The Republican presidential candidates don’t want to talk about the Great Recession that their party’s economic ideology caused, and they definitely don’t want to discuss their disastrous foreign policy.
Most of the Republican field is trying to win the primary by fearmongering about immigrants. As Sen. Sanders pointed out, their bigoted delusions are hiding the facts about what a disaster Republican governance has been for the United States.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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