Bernie Sanders is speaking out about the Democratic Party’s inability to connect with the working class following Donald Trump’s presidential election upset. Sanders appeared on "CBS This Morning" Monday to express his dismay with the current state of the Democratic Party, criticizing its relationship with wealthy donors and its disconnected relationship with much of America.
Sanders made waves within the party since running for president himself before conceding the nomination to Hillary Clinton. On Monday, the Vermont senator laid out what the party must do going forward to connect with voters, especially the white working class who fueled Trump’s win.
“I think 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,” said Sanders. “I come from the white working class, and I am deeply humiliated that the Democratic Party cannot talk to the people from where I come from.”
Sanders said Trump won the election by the way he connected with the working class, something he feels his own party has been unable to do.
“What he understood, which many Democrats did not, which is if you are an average American out there making $30, 40, 50 thousand dollars a year, you’re pissed off,” Sanders told CBS' "Face The Nation" Sunday. Sanders went on to explain that the American people need to hold Trump accountable for his message to ensure that he will follow through and help working class families.
“What Trump did, very effectively, is tap the angst, the anger and the hurt and the pain that millions of working class people are feeling,” said Sanders.
Sanders has repeatedly condemned much of Trump's rhetoric and released a statement following his win declaring that he’d support the president-elect’s policies that aim to improve the lives of working families but will oppose any racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environmental policies.
When asked whether he thinks he would have won had he been the nominee instead of Clinton, Sanders responded that he didn’t know. Some polls show he might have taken the presidency if that had been the case. A poll conducted two days before the election by Gravis Marketing showed Sanders’ winning a matchup against Trump by a margin of 56 percent to 44 percent. Sanders’ favorability also ranks more than 10 times higher than Clinton’s on a national scale.
Sanders left his hopes for his own political future rather ambiguous during his appearance on CBS. Is another presidential run in the cards for him? “It’s a little too early to be talking about that,” he said.