Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the man who almost nabbed the Democratic nomination for president, appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and shared some powerful words in the wake of Donald Trump’s recent win.
“Above and beyond the incredible bigotry of the Trump campaign, what he did is he tapped into a lot of pain and anxiety and angst that the American people are feeling, which is very rarely reported in the media or understood by the punditry,” Sanders told host Stephen Colbert.
Clinton is ahead in the popular vote by about 800,000 and is projected to end up at 2 million more votes than Trump.
“So don’t see this as a massive success for Trump,” he explained. “He lost the popular vote.”
When asked about the anti-Trump protests across the nation, Sanders said, “I think people are expressing their feelings and exercising their constitutional rights.” However, he believes “what’s most important” is “to figure out where we go from here.”
The former White House hopeful also shared his post-election plan for the Democratic Party.
“The truth is, Democrats should not be losing to a candidate who insults so many people, who wants to give huge tax breaks to the top two-tenths of one percent and rejects climate change,” Sanders continued. “How are we losing these elections? Something is fundamentally wrong. What I am trying to do now is bring about structural changes in the Democratic Party so that it becomes a grassroots party.”
When Colbert asked what an “autopsy” of the Democratic Party would say, Sanders replied “the liberal elite” should no longer run the show, because even though they are “good-meaning people,” the party “has got to transform itself to be a party which, first of all, opens the door.”
“That is a party that feels the pain of working class people, of the middle class, of low-income people, of young people. Brings people into the party,” he detailed. “The vast majority of American people are on our side.”
Sanders also laid out the best and worst case scenarios for a Trump presidency — and no, he did not sugarcoat any of it.
“The best case scenario is that Trump is not an ideologue,” he remarked. “The worst case, if not Trump himself, people around Trump are saying, ‘hmm, let’s see, we’ve got the House, the Senate, we’ve got the White House, we’re going to have the Supreme Court, we’re going to change the rules of the game so we don’t lose anymore.’ If they can unleash billionaires to buy elections, make it hard for millions of people to participate, they think they can control this government indefinitely.”
Well, this is a reminder that even in the darkest of times America would always have Sanders — the only logical voice in the current political mayhem.
Watch the segment in the videos above.