Sanders Doubles Down: Dems Need More Than Racial And Gender Diversity Alone

Sanders Doubles Down: Dems Need More Than Racial And Gender Diversity Alone

This is Sanders engaging the fight over the Democratic Party's future direction - and over the cause of Hillary Clinton's loss - in the sharpest possible terms.

Reich finds that argument unconvincing, saying that when it comes to fighting racism and helping the working class, "You can't do one without the other". The failure of Democrats wasn't that they didn't coddle white working-class people enough; it was that they failed to explain how unless you are wealthy, white and connected like Trump, you will fall like every other person he's screwed over throughout his career.

"The working class of this country is being decimated", he said.

But, "We are not going back to a bigoted society".

"It's not good enough to say, 'Hey, I'm a Latina, vote for me.' That is not good enough".

Though Sanders and Warren have signaled they're willing to work with President-elect Donald Trump if he actually pursues policies to "rebuild the economy for working people", as Warren recently put it, Trump's early Cabinet picks and nods toward repealing the 2010 health care law and privatizing Medicare don't look promising for progressive Democrats.

The statement came after Sanders made similar remarks over the weekend about how he believes Democrats should shift their focus beyond "identity politics" after Donald Trump's electoral victory. As a candidate, Sanders' socialist ideals didn't exactly make him appealing to conservatives, but from the get-go he was the favorite of young liberals.

In October, when asked in a New Republic profile how uncomfortable he appeared talking about race, He answered, "OK, see, this is an issue I'm not really - what I don't want to do is get into me".

Sanders' hope of working with Trump quickly turned sour when the senator derided Trump's proposed infrastructure plan, perhaps their most likely source of common ground, as a "scam". "What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies". People can't afford healthcare, can't afford medicine, can't afford to send their kids to college. But what we have got to do is be a party of white workers, black workers, Latino workers, women workers, that has got to be the cutting edge, and not a party dominated, and I know these are good meaning people.... they go to fundraisers and contribute $10,000. We need candidates - black and white and Latino and gay and male.

And then, after backing up to stress the need for diversity in politics-"We need 50 women in the Senate".

[W] hen you tell us to stop being terrified about the very sanctity of our bodies and listen to the plaintive whines of the white working class, you are telling the disenfranchised to pay more attention to the over-franchised.

Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is using his growing influence within the Democratic Party and among the voting population at-large to outline how the country can prevent slipping backward and in fact can move forward-even with Republicans soon in control of both the White House and Congress. That is the fight of today. He emphasized that the Democratic Party is the "party of diversity", and that it should continue to involve people of diverse racial and gender backgrounds in the political process.