Maybe Senator Bernie Sanders is starting to feel the effects of age.
On “Late Night With Seth Meyers”, the senator from Vermont, one of only a few self-described socialists in the U.S. Congress made the case to reelect Joe Biden this year. However, he contradicted himself.
Sanders, when asked by Meyers to explain why Americans should support Biden admitted that most American workers still live “paycheck-to-paycheck,” which is a clear sign that the American economic system isn’t flourishing.
We all know that this country is facing enormous problems. We are talking about income and wealth inequality, 60% of workers living paycheck-to-paycheck, and the existential threats of climate change. These are enormous problems that this country faces.
Trump is a man who gave huge tax breaks to the wealthy during his presidency. At a time of unprecedented wealth and income inequality, this is the last thing that they need. This guy wants tens and millions of people to lose their health insurance. He appointed anti-union officials to his administration to make it more difficult for workers to organize unions.
Sanders, despite admitting that many Americans are financially struggling, insisted Biden was a great President whose economy performed incredibly well.
On the other hand, with Biden, I won’t sit here and say that I agree, because I ran against him. I disagree, a lot. On the other hand, though, it’s pretty impressive that this is the very first president in American history to join workers on a picket line.
We have made progress in lowering prescription drug costs and fighting the pharmaceutical industry. As you have indicated, the economy is doing very well. Unemployment is extremely low. We are creating many jobs and rebuilding manufacturing in America. We’re moving in the right direction. I think we still have a great deal to do but this election has a clear choice.
Sanders reiterated the concerns expressed by many Democrats that a Trump victory would lead to the end of American democracy.
Trump is the candidate for those who do not believe in democratic principles, or who want to ignore millions of people who have fought to protect democracy. Biden, however, is the candidate for those who believe in what America is supposed to be about, which is coming together as a single people and believing in the rule of law.
Sanders warned Biden, despite his apparent enthusiasm for his campaign, that he should start listening to working-class concerns or risk losing the election to Donald Trump.
Sanders believes that listening to the concerns and demands of workers requires radical reforms in healthcare, housing, and taxation.
In an interview with The Guardian, he stated that if we could get the president moving in this direction, he would win. If not, he would lose. “We want to make it clear to the President and his team that if they don’t come up with an agenda that is progressive, they won’t win the election,” he said in an interview last month.