Bernie Sanders dings Democrats ahead of election day, labeling them ‘the party of rich, coastal elites’
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders stirred up controversy Thursday on Late Night With Seth Meyers claiming that the Democratic Party has become a ‘party of coastal elites’. He made the point that he felt they should start “bursting out of the blocs in an effort to protect working people.” Sanders leveled heavy criticism at the Democrats for not meeting the needs of workers here in the US.
Seth Meyers nodded in agreement and stated that the Democrats had indeed veered away from America’s working-class. Sanders firmly agreed with him on that issue. Bernie made a point of saying that the working-class is in deep, deep trouble here in the US.
Meyers then asked Sanders how he thought Democratic nominee Joe Biden could “bring the Democratic Party back to serving the working people in this country” if he won the 2020 election.
“I think it is fair to say that in many ways the Democratic Party has become a party of the coastal elites, folks who have a lot of money, upper-middle-class people who are good people, who believe in social justice in many respects,” Sanders emphasized.
“But I think for many, many years the Democratic Party has not paid the kind of attention to working-class needs that they should’ve.”
Bernie brought up party demographics and how they have shifted as more donors and businesses fund campaigns. Sanders has been working on a 100-day program to help the Democratic party move in the right direction, especially if it gains control of the Senate. It’s rumored that Sanders is being considered for Labor Secretary in a Biden administration.
Sanders is adamant that Congress pass a very substantive coronavirus bill, similar to the one that was passed in March. He believes they need to do this to help keep workers afloat after suffering economic hardship due to the pandemic.
Another facet of Bernie’s 100-day program would mandate that the weekly $600 payment that supplemented state unemployment benefits would be extended and an additional $1,200 would be given to individuals and families. He also believes that the government should provide healthcare to anyone who has lost their benefits and that we should provide aid to cities so that they don’t have to furlough or lay off workers.
Sanders also wants to raise the minimum wage to at least $15 an hour while promoting and growing unions making it easier for workers to join them. He also pounded home that women should get equal pay compared to what men make in the workforce.
“If the Democratic Party does not stand firmly for working families and have the courage to take on the drug companies and the insurance companies and the big money interests, shame on them,” Sanders said.
He told Meyers that the “overwhelming majority” of his supporters would vote for Biden in this election “because they understand that we cannot have four more years of Donald Trump.”
Sanders officially endorsed Biden in April after ending his presidential campaign. They have since teamed up, forming the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force. In July, the group released more than 100 pages of recommendations to show voters that the so-called moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party are coming together better than they did in 2016.