Bernie Sanders Goes After Trump Supporters

December 27, 2015, 5:19 PM UTC
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Senator Bernie Sanders is going after Donald Trump’s fan base.

When the Democratic presidential candidate appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, he suggested that Trump’s supporters would be better off voting for him.

Sanders reiterated a point similar to one Obama stated last week when he accused the GOP frontrunner of exploiting working-class fears. As Sanders told “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson, “Many of Trump’s supporters are working-class people and they’re angry.” They work long hours and earn much less than their wealthy counterparts, he said, and many of their jobs are being shipped overseas to cheaper manufacturing countries.

Sanders said that these concerns are legitimate, but Trump is handling them the wrong way, according to the interview. He has taken their anger and fears and “converted them into anger against Mexicans, anger against Muslims,” he explained, and “that is not the way we’re going to address the major problems facing our country.”

He noted the inconsistencies in Trump’s appeal to working class people and the policies he plans to propose. Specifically, Sanders pointed to the fact that Trump won’t raise the minimum wage and his tax plan would benefit the wealthy and substantially raise the national debt.

“We need policies that bring us together,” Sanders told Dickerson. 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.”

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