Sen. Bernie Sanders, who defied expectations along with his long-shot major bid in opposition to Hillary Clinton, sat down with USA TODAY to debate the anniversary of Trump’s election, its aftermath and the Democratic Party’s future.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses a rally in opposition to the Republican tax plan exterior the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 1, 2017.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla)

WASHINGTON — A 12 months after Donald Trump’s election, it’s laborious for Sen. Bernie Sanders to level to only one factor the president has performed because the worst.

Beyond his “terrible policies,” one main concern is that the president has “gone overboard” in attempting to divide individuals primarily based on their coloration, nation of origin, faith or badual orientation for “cheap politics,” mentioned Sanders, a Vermont unbiased and 2016 presidential candidate. But what’s additionally “deeply disturbing” is that “he lies all of the time.”

Trump ran a “clever” marketing campaign, portraying himself as a special sort of Republican who would symbolize working individuals and never simply mbadive cash pursuits.

“But a year later if you look at his record, you find that almost everything that he said was a lie,” Sanders informed USA TODAY. 

Sanders, who defied expectations along with his long-shot Democratic major bid in opposition to Hillary Clinton, sat down with USA TODAY to debate the anniversary of Trump’s election, its aftermath and the Democratic Party’s future.

While some Democrats are calling for Trump’s impeachment, Sanders mentioned that sort of speak is “premature” and that investigations into whether or not his marketing campaign colluded with Russia ought to play out first. But he mentioned he was right in predicting Trump’s presidency can be an “unprecedented disaster” for the nation.

Democrats, he mentioned, should confront Trump’s “outrageous behavior” daily, pushing again on his “hate-filled agenda.” But in the event that they wish to achieve success in future races, they need to additionally push for a progressive agenda that speaks to the wants of the center and dealing lessons.

Sanders mentioned he sees a job for himself in rebuilding the Democratic Party — as an unbiased.

“I think the first thing the Democratic Party’s got to do is say to every independent in this country, ‘We want you, come on into the party,’ ” he mentioned. “As an independent, I think I can play a very positive role in telling other independents, ‘You may disagree with Democrats on this and that, but come on in and fight it out and play a role in growing the Democratic Party.’ ”

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Even if Democrats are united in opposition to Trump, the social gathering clearly stays divided after the Democratic major and revelations suggesting that the Democratic National Committee favored Clinton. Former interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile reopened these wounds along with her new e-book, revealing a controversial settlement the Clinton marketing campaign had with the DNC since August 2015. The settlement gave the marketing campaign management of the DNC’s funds and technique in trade for elevating cash and investing within the DNC, she wrote.

Trump weighed in, tweeting on Nov. three “The real story on Collusion is in Donna B’s new book. Crooked Hillary bought the DNC & then stole the Democratic Primary from Crazy Bernie!”

Sanders fired again, “We won’t be distracted from your efforts to give billionaires tax cuts, take health care from millions and deny climate change. Do your job.”

Sanders wrote in an e mail to his supporters Monday that Brazile’s e-book excerpt reveals they received’t be efficient in taking up Trump and the “extremist” right-wing agenda “unless we get our act together,” promote a “fair and transparent political process” and refashion the Democratic Party right into a grbad-roots social gathering.

During the interview with USA TODAY, he targeted on the work of the DNC’s Unity Reform Commission as key to the social gathering’s future. The fee, which incorporates Sanders and Clinton supporters and the DNC chair’s appointees, is anticipated to vote subsequent month on suggestions to extend voter participation within the presidential nominating course of, contain new and unaffiliated voters and broaden the social gathering’s base.

Sanders has been calling for electoral reforms for the reason that major. He desires to restrict the variety of superdelegates, the social gathering leaders and elected officers who can vote for the candidate of their alternative on the conference and who overwhelmingly backed Clinton in 2016. He’s additionally calling for a extra open major course of with same-day registration to encourage extra voter participation.

“The goal is to open up the process to get more people in, it means having the caucuses have more accountability and it also means more transparency and democracy at the Democratic National Committee,” he mentioned.

Sanders is the primary unbiased to carry a celebration management place for the reason that trendy management construction started. As chair of outreach for Senate Democrats, he has organized greater than 170 rallies and visited 19 states for occasions that embrace rallies for the Affordable Care Act, in keeping with his workplace. He says Democrats must get out of Washington,D.C., extra and give attention to making a 50-state social gathering, backing good candidates in locations like Iowa and Kansas, even when they’re going to lose.

“You have many states where there is almost no Democratic Party presence,” he mentioned. “The Democratic Party has got to take a deep breath and say, ‘Our approach has failed, we need to rethink it in a very fundamental way.’”

Democrats’ mbadive wins Tuesday in Virginia and New Jersey governors’ races, together with down-ballot races, had been “a referendum on President Trump, and he lost badly,” showing Americans are “deeply concerned about his temperament, policies and efforts to divide our country up,” Sanders mentioned in a Wednesday badertion to USA TODAY.

Sanders sees one constructive final result of Trump’s election. Now, thousands and thousands of individuals perceive that they should be concerned within the political course of in a means they haven’t been beforehand, he informed USA TODAY.

“You’re seeing the Women’s March, millions of people around the country and around the world, came out,” he mentioned. “You’re seeing, I think, a significant growth in grbad-roots activism.”


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