Democrats must move leftward for political revitalization, said Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) on Sunday.
In an interview with left-wing CNN Democrat Jake Tapper on State of the Union, Sanders called for Democrats to realign against the “greed” of “big money interests” while supporting “working people." In order to recuperate from aggregate political losses at all levels of government, Sanders called on Democrats to move further left to win over more American support:
“The facts are that we have an extreme right wing party. They control the White House, the Senate, the House, and two thirds of the governors -- if we continue along the same way, I think you get the same results. What I believe is that we are going to open the door of the Democratic party. You have to bring in working people, young people, we have to raise money by small donor donations. I think we need to change the way the Democratic Party does business and how it is prepared to stand up to the big money interests. You can't be on both sides. You can't say we're going to take on the greed of Wall Street, the pharmaceutical industry, the greed that moves to Mexico and China. We're on the side of the elderly and the workers. That is a decision that the Democratic Party has to make.”
Sanders - a self-described “democratic socialist” - has aligned himself with the more transparently neo-Marxist faction of the Democrat Party; throwing his support behind Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) bid to lead the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Dubbed a “progressive” wing among Democrats by left-wing and Democrat-aligned news outlets, it is cast as being in conflict with the party’s “establishment" for control party leadership.
Speaking with left-wing MNSBC/NBC Democrat Chuck Todd on Thursday, Sanders expressed his support for Ellison:
"What you need right now is a total transformation of the Democratic Party. I’m trying to do that as part of the Democratic leadership and I know that's what Keith Ellison believes.
Look, we have lost the White, we lost the Senate, we lost the House, two-thirds of governors chairs are controlled by Republicans, we've los nine hundred legislative seats in the last eight years.
The status quo is not working, we’ve got to open the doors of the Democratic Party to working people, to young people. We’ve got to get our financial resources from ordinary people, not just the wealthy and the power. Keith Ellison is the candidate of real change in the Democratic Party and I strongly support him."
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