Sen. Bernie Sanders built his campaign around the need for grassroots popular action. Now that Trump has won the election; Sanders is reminding Democrats that they are the majority in the country, and they should be prepared to pound away at the president-elect with their issues.
Here was an interesting exchange on CBS’s Face The Nation:
DICKERSON: But are you talking about marches on Washington? Are you — what’s the action item for a nervous Democrat out there?
SANDERS: Is to understand that, on virtually every major issue, raising the minimum wage, climate change, pay equity for women, rebuilding our infrastructure, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, we are the majority.
That is what the American people want. And the Democrats will win elections by pounding away on those issues and talking about not giving tax breaks to billionaires, undoing Citizens United, a disastrous Supreme Court decision.
So, we are the majority. And, by the way, let’s not forget Hillary Clinton did win more votes than Mr. Trump did. So pound away on the issues that bring people together, fight vigorously against all forms of bigotry.
Sen. Sanders has been talking about a grassroots popular political revolution since he launched his presidential bid last year. Sanders has already demonstrated a small donor fundraising expertise, and the ability to draw massive crowds to rallies. It wasn’t an accident that Bernie Sanders pointed out that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, which means that people who hold some of the beliefs that were expressed in the Democratic platform are the majority in the US.
During the Democratic primary, it was originally thought that Bernie Sanders was looking to bring his populist army to DC, but it appears that the Senator from Vermont has a new target. He is out to use his grassroots muscle to hold Donald Trump accountable.
It won’t be long before President Trump looks out his window and sees tens or hundreds of thousands of Democrats marching to hold him accountable.
Democrats lost an election, but they are building a passionate and ready grassroots movement.
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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