In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday morning, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) urged opponents of President Donald Trump to not allow his “stupid tweets” to distract attention from his “destructive” policies, which include a healthcare plan that could strip insurance from 22 million people and tax proposals that would provide generous cuts to the rich and hikes for the middle class.
Asked to outline an “optimistic scenario” for the next several months in Washington, Sanders said: “I hope we beat [Trumpcare] badly. I hope Trump supporters in rural states understand that what he told them during the campaign that he was going to stand up for working people was nothing but a lie. And if you think this healthcare bill is a disaster, take a look at the budget that he proposed.”
Sanders implored the media and activists to emphasize that “the policies he is proposing are the most destructive policies being proposed in our lifetimes.”
“He has got to be exposed for the fraud that he is, not just focusing on his temperament and on his tweets,” Sanders concluded, “but on his extremely right-wing policy that is paid for by the Koch brothers and other billionaires.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said Wednesday that the Democratic National Committee “absolutely” needs a major overhaul, responding Wednesday to a NBC News report that new chairman Tom Perez intends to shake up the party’s organizational structure and staffing.
The party “programmatically, in terms of how it does business, has failed,” Sanders said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“The Democratic Party today, programmatically, in terms of how it does business, has failed,” Sanders said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I mean the evidence is obvious. It’s not just that we’ve lost the White House and the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House. We’ve lost 900 legislative seats in the last 8 or 9 years.”
So clearly the Democratic Party needs a top-down overhaul. And that top-down overhaul means that instead of becoming dependent and being dependent on big money interests for campaign contributions, it has got to become a grassroots party,” he said, citing a groundswell of grassroots energy opposing the GOP health care plan.
“Perez has got to capitalize that and that’s the kind of party the Democrats have to create,” Sanders added.