Bernie Sanders: our job is to oppose Trump’s bigotry vigorously

Nov 17, 2016

By Matthew Weaver

Bernie Sanders has urged millions of progressives “to mobilise and fight back at every instance” against Donald Trump’s presidency.

In a post-election interview with the BBC, the Vermont senator backed those who have protested against Trump’s election.

“Our job is to oppose him vigorously through millions of people in many many different ways,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “I am very worried that a President Trump may take us back to where we were before, and we in the progressive community are not going to allow that to happen. We have travelled too far to descend back into racism and sexism.”


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10 comments on “Bernie Sanders: our job is to oppose Trump’s bigotry vigorously

  • Pandering to bigots, constituting a not insignificant percentage of voters, was just one part of the campaign operation, orchestrated by Bannon. Bait and switch. Oppressive nationalism and the destruction of all or many of our much needed social programs and a shift towards vast privatization and deregulation is what we are facing. That and a war with Iran or god knows who; and libertarianism (private power, unaccountable private tyranny, free market fundamentalism).

    We have Flynn, Sessions, and Huckabee himself in or about to be appointed for cabinet positions. These Trump appointees are not necessarily racists. Some are. Some aren’t. They are war mongers and religious fanatics and free market fundamentalists. They will destroy this economy and our country.

    This is about race and racism, but not only that. Hillary spent too much time on Trump’s hate. Look where that got us.

    (Note: Maybe bigotry IS the most important issue that we are facing now. I just don’t know yet. But there are many issues – all interconnected.)

    “The progressive agenda about raising the minimum wage, pay equity for women, healthcare for all, making public colleges and universities tuition-free, that is an agenda that is supported by the vast majority of the American people.”

    Good luck with that, Bernie. You and all of your supporters (and I am one of them) have your work cut out for you.



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  • Actually, we will get nowhere unless we find an ingenious method of countering almost twenty years of Fox News propaganda in the rural heartland of the US. In my old hometown in central Pennsylvania, high speed internet is expensive (if you can get it at all), and most TV reception is by cable. The only free news on it is Fox News. All of the others require subscription fees and are bundled with other stuff. There are three radio stations, one each of sports, gospel and right wing talk. The local television station has very little news, and its mostly of wrecks and murders. The local newspaper has always been far conservative.

    The place always votes Republican, with occasional exceptions. It had the same representative in Congress for more than thirty years. It now has his son.

    But how do we get around the propaganda wall?



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  • Interesting, informative, and disconcerting, post, gwolf. I wasn’t aware that Fox News is, in many places, the only free cable channel. That’s very generous of their CEO. (Sarcasm.) Propaganda is a huge problem. Your question: “how do we curtail it or lessen its influence?” is a large one. I wish I had the answer. Education? Perhaps massive government spending to create a great public school system from pre K onward, along with free public colleges (which Sanders and Hillary both supported) in every state, would be a good start. Is that feasible? I think it is. The problem is that the Republicans don’t like spending. It has nothing to do with the deficit. They don’t like the idea of investing in public education because they depend on what Norman Mailer called “the stupid majority”.

    I have been reading and hearing about fake news on Facebook. That should be illegal. That too may have affected the outcome of the election.

    Same guy in Congress for thirty years and now his son! That’s almost funny.



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  • ‘OP – “Our job is to oppose him vigorously through millions of people in many many different ways,”

    It seems there has been some successful action here!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38021820

    Donald Trump has settled three Trump University lawsuits for $25m (£20m), the New York Attorney General has said.

    The US president-elect was being sued by former students who paid $35,000 (£28,000) for real estate “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.

    Mr Trump had repeatedly said he would not settle the class-action lawsuits.

    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the settlement was a “stunning reversal” by Mr Trump and a “major victory” for victims.

    But Mr Trump’s lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said his client was pleased with the outcome, saying “he was willing to sacrifice his personal interests, put this behind him, and move forward”.

    The businessman faced three fraud lawsuits – which alleged the school misled students and failed to deliver on its promises – in California and New York.

    A trial in one of the cases had been due to begin in San Diego on 28 November, although Mr Trump’s lawyers had attempted to delay the case.

    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement: “Today’s $25 million settlement agreement is a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university.

    “The victims of Trump University have waited years for today’s result and I am pleased that their patience – and persistence – will be rewarded by this $25 million settlement.

    Mr Schneiderman, who Mr Trump has attacked as a “lightweight”, had sought a $40m payout from Mr Trump over the university, which closed in 2010.

    He called Trump University a “fraud from beginning to end” in July, adding that the organisation used “false promises to prey on desperate people”.

    Analysis: Laura Bicker, BBC News, Washington

    The settlement may be costly but it will save the President-elect from a potentially embarrassing trial.

    Donald Trump had vowed to keep fighting this case and his attorneys said they had no doubt he would have won in court, but they added that a resolution allows Mr Trump to devote his full attention to the important issues facing the nation.

    Settling though could backfire on Mr Trump as he is facing dozens of lawsuits.

    Plaintiffs may smell blood and think he is eager to settle to avoid court cases while president.



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  • gwolf makes interesting points.

    There is a little chicken and egg issue about politics formed by or reflected in services accessed.

    This

    http://www.pewinternet.org/2012/09/26/how-people-get-local-news-and-information-in-different-communities/

    a little old, but gives some interesting demographics and shows not unexpectedly a clear conservatism in rural areas.

    There may be little pull for services better than Fox News if it scratches the necessary itches. This may make the improvement in the situation difficult.



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  • Phil #5

    There is a little chicken and egg

    As we moved out of Hackney and lived with a predominantly white population, which was only two miles the other side of the marshes that separated them, it took another fifteen years (maybe) for the Hackney crowd to really cross the border and change things. The white population soon started to move further out. I have watched that line make its way further and further away from the city. The link you posted fits on that basis as it shows people take a lot of their hangups with them.



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  • Add this to the mix: “School choice”! Privatize everything, why don’t you? And payer in school. Why not?

    “While public schools have the responsibility for educating all students, many voucher schools take public funding while picking and choosing students based on their academic and behavioral characteristics,” Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers labor union, said in a statement after the report’s release. “Voucher schools don’t abide by the same academic quality standards as public schools. They blur the lines separating church and state. Finally, vouchers exacerbate inequity by directly draining critical funding away from public schools—often the schools that need that funding most.”



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  • I see the Greens are continuing their moves for a recount!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38198703

    The US Green Party led by Jill Stein has changed its strategy in seeking a state-wide recount in Pennsylvania.

    The campaign says it will go to the federal courts, hours after dropping an appeal in a Pennsylvania state court.

    The party had earlier said voters could not afford the $1m (£785,000) bond ordered by the state court.

    Ms Stein has tried to force recounts in Michigan and Wisconsin as well; all three were narrowly won by President-elect Donald Trump.

    The Greens’ decision comes two days before a court hearing was scheduled on the case in Pennsylvania where Donald Trump’s margin of victory was 49,000, or less than 1%.

    But supporters of Mr Trump are trying to block the recount bid, which are unlikely to change the polls results if they take place.

    Mr Abady said barriers to a recount in Pennsylvania are pervasive and the state court system is ill-equipped to address the problem.

    Ms Stein, who was the Green Party’s presidential candidate, says the recount bid is needed to explore whether voting machines and systems had been hacked and the election result manipulated.

    According to federal law, all recounts have to be concluded within 35 days of the election, which is 13 December
    All three states account for 46 votes in the Electoral College, enough to tip the election to Mrs Clinton if they moved from Mr Trump’s total to hers – but this is viewed as highly unlikely




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