Even though President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony is just around the corner, a number of people within the Democratic Party still seem to struggling with the fact that the billionaire business mogul won the election despite losing the popular vote by a huge margin.
However, while Democrats appear to be reacting just like the Republicans did when President Barack Obama entered the White House, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has once again risen as the only voice of logic in the ongoing chaos, imploring the liberals against obstructing the incoming administration.
He urged them to question Trump’s decisions — instead of using the “obstruct, obstruct, obstruct” tactic.
“I don't think that's what we do,” Sanders said. “I think where Trump has ideas that make sense that we can work with him on, I think we should.”
Speaking at a CNN town hall in Washington, D.C., the Vermont senator said Democratic leaders are discussing whether to oppose Trump’s Supreme Court choice — which is not surprising, considering how the GOP refused to consider Obama’s SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
While Sanders, who became millennials’ favorite during the 2016 campaign, slammed the Republicans for acting “shamefully and outrageously,” he also suggested Democrats should not use the “obstruct, obstruct, obstruct” tactics against Trump.
“I think the solution of the problem would be if Mr. Trump in fact nominated someone who is not, you know, an extreme right-winger, as I fear he might," Sanders added.
During the one-hour discussion, moderated by CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, Sanders also called the incoming commander-in-chief a “pathological liar.” However, since they both oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the senator said he would work with Trump on one thing: trade.
“I believe we need a new trade policy. I believe we tell corporate America they've got to control their greed,” he continued. “Mr. Trump is prepared to sit down and work on a new trade policy which is based on fairness, not just on corporate greed, yes, I will be happy to work with him.”
When asked about his plans for 2020 presidential election, Sanders said it was still “much too early to be talking about that.”
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