During an interview on CBS’ Face The Nation, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders unmasked Trump and revealed a billionaire candidate who is out to cut taxes for the rich while screwing over working class Americans.
Look, many of Trump’s supporters are working-class people and they’re angry, and they’re angry because they’re working longer hours for lower wages, they’re angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries, they’re angry because they can’t afford to send their kids to college so they can’t retire with dignity.
I think what Trump has done successfully I would say is take that anger, take that anxiety about terrorism and say to a lot of people in this country. Look, the reason for our problems is Mexicans, and he says, they’re all criminals and rapists. We’ve got to hate Mexicans. Or he says about the Muslims, they’re all terrorists. We’ve got to keep them out of the country. That’s what we have to deal with to make America great.
Meanwhile, interestingly enough, John, this is a guy who does not want to raise the minimum wage. In fact, he has said that he thinks wages in America are too high. But he does want to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to top three-tenths of one percent.
So, I think for his working class and middle class supporters, I think we can make the case that if we really want to address the issues that people are concerned about why the middle class is disappearing, massive income and wealth inequality in this country that we need policies that bring us together that take on the greed of Wall Street, the greed of corporate America, and create a middle class that works for all of us rather than an economy that works just for a few.
Sen. Sanders pointed out that Donald Trump is a total fraud. The contradiction in the Trump campaign is that the people he is getting his support from are the same folks who would be hurt by his policies.
Donald Trump is a fake. Nobody ever asks him what he means when he talks about making America great. Who does Trump want to make America great for? His few policy ideas suggest that Trump is only interested in making America great for himself and his fellow billionaires. Trump’s definition of greatness is that rich white men like himself get more, and working people get less.
Sen. Sanders also made a classic liberal mistake. He assumed that he had a chance to sway Trump’s supporters based on economic interests. Working class Republicans have consistently demonstrated that they will vote against their own economic interests in every election. Republicans don’t vote for a candidate based on facts or economic self-interest. They vote based on a belief system and ideology. The Republicans who support Trump don’t care that he is planning to economically screw them over.
They want to be “winners,” and Trump has promised them victory.
Donald Trump supporters will never vote for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, but what Sanders said was important because voters who don’t pay much attention to politics must be educated about who Trump is and what he really stands for. Bernie Sanders ripped the mask off Trump to reveal that the Republican front-runner is nothing more that Mitt Romney with a healthy dose of racism and bigotry and more money.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and 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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