Good morning and happy Friday friends. There are a lot of Bernie articles out as it seems he is a pretty popular fellow and a lot of people want to hear what he has to say. I of course have those for you as well as the usual blend of other news that will go into the comments section. Hope to see you there!
Bernie Sanders is back on the stump.
The independent senator from Vermont, who has emerged as a party leader in the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s defeat last week, said Thursday that progressives must dedicate themselves to winning over voters who turned to Donald Trump on Election Day.
In a speech to hundreds of supporters and activists gathered on a chilly fall afternoon in Washington, Sanders pinned Trump’s victory on the Democratic establishment’s failure to engage with millions of Americans who feel forgotten by political leaders and hemmed in by stagnant local economies.
“The party has got to recognize some very important realities that Donald Trump, in fact, recognized,” Sanders said, keeping up a drumbeat he began last week in a New York Times op-ed and has returned to in a round of subsequent appearances. “And that is, yes, we are better off today economically than we were eight years ago, we’ve made a lot of progress in a lot of areas. But there are millions and millions of people today, working-class people, middle-class people, who are living in despair. And we have got to recognize that reality.”
Sanders then went on to pack Johns Hopkins University:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, speaking Thursday evening at the Johns Hopkins University, decried what he sees as a shift from democracy to an America controlled by moneyed interests.
Sanders was at Hopkins as part of the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, a lecture series to present issues of local, national and global importance.
“This is definitely the most interest we’ve received in years,” said Teddy Kupfer, a Hopkins senior and lecture organizer. He said the crowd showed that Sanders’ popularity endures.
“If you can draw a conclusion from the 2016 election, it was there was not a lot of enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton.”
An estimated 2,000 people filled the auditorium and overflow rooms. Joshan Bajaj, a Hopkins junior who campaigned for Sanders back home in Princeton, N.J., was first in line; he showed up at 1 p.m. for the 7 p.m. appearance.
“He is definitely looking out for the common man,” Bajaj said. “I like his message of social equality. It’s not socialism, but I like his more socialist ideas, like how he wants free college and how he wants a $15 minimum wage.”