(Most of) The United States is going through a hard time.
People are angry, disheartened, scared and depressed over the unimaginable turning into a reality — Donald Trump winning the presidential election. Protests are erupting across the country, people are making plans to relocate to Canada and thousands have refused to accept the boisterous billionaire as their next commander in chief.
At a time like this, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has come back into picture to offer Americans the hope they seem to have lost.
The former Democratic candidate, who almost denied Hillary Clinton the nomination, issued a statement on Trump’s election as president — and make no mistake, it is NOT a congratulatory letter.
In what appears to be the ultimate example of killing multiple birds with one stone, Sanders’ statement can be described as some customary praise wrapped in thinly veiled criticism wrapped in a warning.
He began by acknowledging the fact that the media mogul got to the White House by tapping into the anti-establishment anger of the middle income-class.
“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media,” read the statement. “People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids — all while the very rich become much richer.”
The senator then promised to work with the president-elect to help working families and well, to “make America great again.”
“To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him,” he continued.
However, there is a catch.
“To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him,” the statement concluded.
If Trump continues to be himself, he might have to feel the infamous “Bern.”
While both Trump and Sanders are both considered outsiders, they don’t seem to have much in common.
After all, when the senator was campaigning for free college tuition, the former reality TV star was proposing to ban Muslims, approximately 1.3 billion people of an entire religion, from entering the country.