Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced he would be willing to work with President-elect Donald Trump in the coming years to ensure that major legislation gets passed, but that willingness comes with a price, according to an official statement released Wednesday.
“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media,” Sanders wrote Wednesday.
“People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids — all while the very rich become much richer.”
“To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him,” Sanders said. “To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”
Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts also announced she would be open to working with the President-elect, adding that it was important to work together to enact policies that both sides of the aisle could agree on.
Trump reached out to supporters of Bernie Sanders during the course of the election, and called the Democratic Party’s treatment of the socialist Senator “disgraceful” several times as more evidence of Clinton collusion with the Democratic Party came to light with the release of internal Clinton staff emails through Wikileaks.
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