Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders just endorsed congressman Rep. Keith Ellison from Minnesota to be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He’s a progressive warrior for civil rights, and Ellison also happens have the distinction of being the first practicing Muslim to serve in the United States Congress.
According to Sanders, the Minnesota Representative will help re-align the Democratic party with its working class roots:
“You cannot be a party which on one hand says we’re in favor of working people, we’re in favor of the needs of young people but we don’t quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class. People do not believe that. You’ve got to decide which side you’re on.”
Now that the election is over, Bernie Sanders is speaking out about the problems he sees coming from a Trump regime entering the White House and kindly hinted that while he will be civil with Senate Republicans, the chances of a cooperative relationship emerging is very slim:
While he said he was hopeful he would be able to work with the incoming Trump administration, he made clear that would not be likely. “I hope I’m wrong, but I believe that he is a fraud, and I think despite all of his rhetoric about being a champion of the working class, it will turn out to be hollow,” Sanders said of the president-elect.
Sanders supporters firmly believe that their candidate for the Democratic nomination would’ve better served the party when it comes to enthusiasm and voter turnout in this year’s election:
The Vermont senator declined to criticize his primary rival, Hillary Clinton, attributing Tuesday’s election loss to a “lack of enthusiasm” among Democrats. “People just did not come out to vote,” he said.
Bernie Sanders energized a movement of progressive voters into an improbable national Democratic Primary campaign. His reward for finishing behind in the vote count was the removal of Debbie Wasserman-Shultz and a major say in building the party platform.
It’s long past time for the national leaders of the Democratic Party to admit that Clinton and Wasserman-Shultz’s leadership was inferior to the Vermont Senator. If they respect his wishes by installing the progressive Congressman Ellison, who will fire up the party’s base by actively fighting back against the looming injustice of a Trump regime, then he will re-align the DNC’s interests with the millions of people taking to the streets in anguish after this year’s election.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.