Bernie Sanders may have endorsed Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, but he wants you to know he was NOT “with her.”
In fact, the progressive Democrat would prefer to end identity politics entirely.
Sanders, who came in second to Clinton during the Democratic primaries, said playing the “woman card” just doesn’t make the cut with middle America. “It is not good enough for somebody to say, ‘I’m a woman, vote for me.’ That is not good enough,” the self-avowed socialist senator told a crowd of supporters at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, according to WBUR-FM. “What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industries.”
Though he ultimately endorsed Clinton, Sanders often criticized the former secretary of state for her record on Wall Street, frequently calling on her to release the transcripts of her high-priced private speeches delivered to big banks such as Goldman Sachs. He has also long rebuked the Democratic Party for its failure to connect with working-class America, specifically in the states President-elect Donald Trump won: Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
“The working class of this country is being decimated — that’s why Donald Trump won,” Sanders said. “And what we need now are candidates who stand with those working people, who understand that real median family income has gone down.”
Senator Sanders is only half right. American voters rejected the shameless identity politics of the Left, but they also overwhelmingly rejected the Democratic policy agenda. Citizens are sick of insurance premiums going up, jobs disappearing, and a White House that believes global warming is more dangerous than ISIS.
It’s not just Hillary’s identity voters rejected. It was her ideas.