Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a one-time contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, is criticizing the Democratic Party and its nominee, Hillary Clinton, for failing to appeal to America’s working class, a bloc of the electorate that carried President-elect Donald Trump to victory.
“There needs to be a profound change in the way the Democratic Party does business. It is not good enough to have a liberal elite,” the liberal lawmaker said Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “I come from the white working class, and I am deeply humiliated that the Democratic Party can’t talk to the people where I came from.”
According to Sanders, “a lot of people think the Democratic Party is not standing with them.” Trump, the senator said, was able to tap into “the angst and anger and hurt and pain that millions of working-class people are feeling.”
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However, though he credited the billionaire businessman with reaching the working class, he warned Trump against thinking too much of his success, noting the fact that Clinton is on track to win the popular vote by a decent margin.
Sanders pledged to “hold Mr. Trump accountable” throughout his four years in the White House.
Moving forward, Sanders said, “The question is why is it that millions of white, working-class people who voted for Obama turned their backs on the Democratic Party.”
Though personally an independent, Sanders told CBS that he supports Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who, in 2007, became the first Muslim elected to Congress, to be the next leader of the Democratic National Committee, saying that Ellison will “shake up” the party.
Sanders didn’t rule out a 2020 run for president, noting that it’s “a little bit early” to talk about it now. He will be 79 at the time of the next election.