Possibly threatened by Donald Trump’s growing popularity, Bernie Sanders has decided to bump things up a little.
Appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday, the Democratic presidential candidate took an aim at the business mogul’s fan base and suggested that Trump supporters would be better off voting for him instead.
“Many of Trump's supporters are working-class people and they're angry, and they're angry because they're working longer hours for lower wages,” the Vermont senator said. “They're angry because their jobs have left this country and gone to China or other low-wage countries, they're angry because they can't afford to send their kids to college so they can't retire with dignity.”
Reiterating a point made by President Barack Obama last week, the 74-year-old politician criticized Trump for turning the fear and anxieties of blue-collared workers into xenophobic and racial hatred.
“What Trump has done with some success is taken that anger, taken those fears, which are legitimate, and converted them into anger against Mexicans, anger against Muslims,” Sanders said. “In my view, that is the not way we are going to address the problems facing this country.”
The presidential hopeful also slammed Trump for not wanting to raise the minimum wage. He accused the former reality TV star of looking at ways to give millions in tax breaks to the wealthy and substantially raise the national debt.
“We need policies that bring us together,” the Democratic candidate added. “Policies that take on the greed of Wall Street, the greed of corporate America, and create a middle class that works for all of us rather than an economy that works just for a few.”
Despite his numerous lies and racist comments, Trump has lead the polls for more than five months now. With the first primaries just a few weeks away, the Republican frontrunner’s stronghold on his status in the race seems to have perturbed his GOP rivals.
As Business Insider reports, only 51 percent of Republican voters found Trump favorable in July but the numbers rose to 72 percent in December. Similarly, in August, only 38 percent of Republican voters believed Trump had a “better chance” of winning the presidency. By December, 46 percent of Republicans said the candidate had the best chance of winning among the GOP hopefuls.
In circumstances like these, Bernie Sander’s strategy just might work to his advantage. If Trump is manipulating American fears to incite hatred, perhaps it’s time someone handled those sentiments in a more positive way.