Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders congratulated local union President Chuck Jones — who represents workers for air-conditioner manufacturing company Carrier — for becoming “the most famous labor leader in America” during a phone conversation recorded by CBS News on Thursday.
Jones had recently become the target of President-elect Donald Trump, who tweeted that Jones was ineffective as a labor leader after he criticized Trump.
“Well you know, if I did something to piss off President-elect Trump, so be it,” Jones responded, with a cigarette in hand. “We’re moving on, and we’re going to keep up the fight, Bernie.”
The conversation, which occurred after CBS News conducted a one-on-one interview with Jones, felt strikingly cordial. Lasting nearly three minutes, Sanders and Jones promised to hold President-elect Donald Trump accountable for his promise to confront corporate America.
“What we are going to do is we are going to remind Mr. Trump of what he said,” Sanders proclaimed. “But, believe me, we are going to do everything we can to make sure he follows through on the promises to made to the people in Indiana and to the people in America.”
Bernie also took the time Thursday night to appear on “All In With Chris Hayes” to call out Trump as a pathological liar:
Bernie Sanders thinks President-elect Donald Trump is a “pathological liar.”
The senator from Vermont and former Democratic presidential candidate appeared on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Thursday night, characterizing Trump as inconsistent and unpredictable.
Sanders said the looming Trump presidency presents Americans with a uniquely challenging future and said Americans need “to build a movement of millions of people who actually are following reality.”
“That’s the challenge,” he added.
“Real change in this country, I am more and more convinced of it, is not going to come from Capitol Hill. It’s going to come from grassroots America.”
Sanders’ comments appear to suggest Trump has not kept his campaign and post-election promises to “drain the swamp in Washington,” to rid the government of insiders who wield too much influence.
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) December 9, 2016