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Bernie Sanders: Could Brexit Style Revolt Happen In US Over Income Inequality? ‘You Bet It Could’

Bernie Sanders Warns That The Same Disenfranchisement That Made Brexit Happen Could Get Trump Elected

The Western world still seems to be in shock over Brexit and Remain supporters are desperately trying to figure out what went wrong. Meanwhile, American’s are wondering if it could happen in the US. If you ask Bernie Sanders, the answer is yes.

Sanders delivered a stark warning in a New York Times op-ed piece on Tuesday that showed a solid understanding of what the disenfranchised who voted to Leave Britain are going through, at least from an economic perspective.

“Surprise, surprise. Workers in Britain, many of whom have seen a decline in their standard of living while the very rich in their country have become much richer, have turned their backs on the European Union and a globalized economy that is failing them and their children….Could this rejection of the current form of the global economy happen in the United States? You bet it could.”

Sanders, who has criss-crossed the country in his bid to become the Democratic Presidential nominee, did far more than just give speeches. He did something that all politicians need to be doing right now. He listened.

“During my campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, I’ve visited 46 states. What I saw and heard on too many occasions were painful realities that the political and media establishment fail even to recognize.

In the last 15 years, nearly 60,000 factories in this country have closed, and more than 4.8 million well-paid manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Much of this is related to disastrous trade agreements that encourage corporations to move to low-wage countries.”

So, the dissatisfaction is legitimate and understandable. There is a lack of hope as people see their way of live eroding all around them. That dissatisfaction helped to fuel both his and Donald Trump’s campaign. The disenfranchised are looking for options, and Sanders is worried that this could go terribly wrong.

“Let’s be clear. The global economy is not working for the majority of people in our country and the world. This is an economic model developed by the economic elite to benefit the economic elite. We need real change.

But we do not need change based on the demagogy, bigotry and anti-immigrant sentiment that punctuated so much of the Leave campaign’s rhetoric — and is central to Donald J. Trump’s message.”

In the op-ed, Bernie Sanders offers advice to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party that could help her defeat the populism of Trump and save the US from a Brexit style uprising.

“We need a president who will vigorously support international cooperation that brings the people of the world closer together, reduces hypernationalism and decreases the possibility of war. We also need a president who respects the democratic rights of the people, and who will fight for an economy that protects the interests of working people, not just Wall Street, the drug companies and other powerful special interests.”

Sanders called for the rejection of “free trade” including the new Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement that is the works.  In its place, Bernie calls for fair trade. He also wants large corporations and the most wealthy, the 1 percent, to pay their taxes, for cuts in military spending and an increase of investment in alternative energy sources. By offering real solutions to combat the economic disenfranchisement so many across American are feeling instead of Trump’s hot air and tough but hollow rhetoric the Democrats can win over those who feel as though they have been forgotten and tossed to the side in a globalized world.

“The notion that Donald Trump could benefit from the same forces that gave the Leave proponents a majority in Britain should sound an alarm for the Democratic Party in the United States. Millions of American voters, like the Leave supporters, are understandably angry and frustrated by the economic forces that are destroying the middle class.”

A Democratic president must ally with, understand and work for the disenfranchised in the country. It must be the option that the disenfranchised are looking for instead of allowing Donald Trump to scoop them up, according to Bernie Sanders.

“In this pivotal moment, the Democratic Party and a new Democratic president need to make clear that we stand with those who are struggling and who have been left behind. We must create national and global economies that work for all, not just a handful of billionaires.”

Feature image by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone's dismay.