Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating impacts, the country now needs to stand together to help others during their time of need.
“If there’s any silver lining in the terrible suffering that’s going on in Houston, is to remember that we are all one country, and I am sure whether you’re white or black or Latino, people are coming together to help each other all over the country,” Sanders said on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday. He added, “We are one nation and we have got to stop the type of divisions that Trump and others are bringing about trying to divide us up.”
Sanders, who spoke to CBS News about his latest book “Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution,” said he shared the concerns of Texas officials during Harvey, having seen the damage wrought by Hurricane Irene in his home state of Vermont, after the state sustained $730 million dollars in damage.
“We went through that in 2011, I think people don’t appreciate unless you’re there talking to the folks who are impacted, what it means to lose home you’ve lived in your whole life that was there the day before.”
Sanders recalled that he had to fight “very hard” for federal funding, and also remembered Texas Senators Ted Cruz’s and John Cornyn’s “no” votes opposing some $60 billion in federal programs for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief.
“In fact, both of them voted against Hurricane Sandy, and we have got to end that stuff,” said Sanders. “The lesson to be learned is when people in any part of the country are in trouble, we stand together.”