Bernie Sanders To Rachel Maddow: ‘We Have Got To Fight Back!’ (VIDEO)
Sanders knows what needs to be done
Bernie Sanders has a message for those of us who are still upset over Donald Trump winning the election:
Get over it and get to work!
“Rachel, when people say ‘Ah, you know, I am giving up, I’m in despair,’ forget about that,” Sanders said. “You have to fight back as people have throughout the history of this country. Our people have stood up and fought back. And the most important point as I said a moment ago, all of these issues, the majority of the people are with us. We have got to go out and reach out to people.”
And even though progressives have been set back in the wake of Trump’s victory, history has generally wended its way back to progressive causes, Sanders said.
“Well 60, 70 years ago, black kids in the South were going to segregated schools, could not drink in a white water fountain. People fought back,” he said. “A woman lost her run for president this year. A hundred years ago today women did not even have the right to vote, couldn’t go to the schools they wanted.”
Sanders also discussed his plan for a series of Democratic rallies on Jan. 15, and the objective of the rallies is to oppose the Republican Party’s determined efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) without introducing a viable alternative. This cold-blooded move will likely throw 22 million people who depended on this program off of their health insurance plans.
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On the campaign trail, the former Democratic presidential candidate fought to push the party into adopting the most progressive platform in its history, Newsweek reports. Sanders promoted initiatives to eliminate tuition at public colleges and universities for in-state students. On Tuesday, in collaboration with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Sanders promoted a plan to make tuition to public colleges and universities free for hundreds of thousands of students whose families earn $125,000 or less each year.
While campaigning, Sanders also promoted universal public health care and a $15 minimum wage. He was also no friend of big banks and openly opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
And now Sanders and a number of elected Democrats are pushing their congressional colleagues to mobilize nationwide against Trump by hosting huge rallies in opposition to the Republican budget, Newsweek reports. The day of action is scheduled to take place on January 15—five days before Trump’s inauguration—in the hope that the President-elect will protect health care coverage, among other things. Trump and his fellow Republicans vow to repeal the Obamacare law within the next year, but have yet to offer an alternative measure.
“We have got to fight back,” Sanders told Maddow. “We have to tell Mr. Trump and his friends that they’re not going to get away with this.”
Along with the rallies, the Vermont Senator will also sit down with CNN for a prime-time town hall on January 9 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, less than two weeks before Trump’s inauguration. CNN’s Chris Cuomo will moderate the event. The topics include conducting Democratic strategy under the Trump administration, and Sanders will also answer questions on the issues Americans now face.
Needing a little inspiration? Watch Bernie Sanders step up for progressive ideas in the two videos below:
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Megan was born and raised in Ventura, California. She has since lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Pacific Northwest, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Mexico, and Costa Rica. While she has always been a liberal, her travels have informed her politics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a professional journalist writing about crime, the police, local politics, feature stories, environmental issues and a variety of other topics. She now writes for Reverb Press.
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