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Peoples writes: "Promising to 'expose the Republican Party for what it is,' Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders predicted Wednesday that President Donald Trump would be a one-term president as the liberal icon prepared to launch a nationwide tour to rally Democrats."

Sen. Bernie Sanders. (photo: AFP)
Sen. Bernie Sanders. (photo: AFP)


Bernie Sanders: Trump Will Be a One Term President

By Steve Peoples, Associated Press

13 April 17

 

romising to “expose the Republican Party for what it is,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders predicted Wednesday that President Donald Trump would be a one-term president as the liberal icon prepared to launch a nationwide tour to rally Democrats.

“In terms of the first three months in office, Donald Trump is the least popular president in the history of polling,” Sanders told The Associated Press. He cited the Republican president’s support for a health care that strips insurance from millions of Americans, tax reform that cuts taxes for the rich and budget cuts that disproportionately affect the poor.

“I do not believe that if Trump continues these policies that he’s going to be re-elected. Nor do I think that the Republicans are going to do well in 2018,” Sanders said. “The momentum right now is with the progressive movement in this country. And I think the Republicans are on the defensive and will be on the defensive increasingly.”

The comments come as Sanders prepares to launch a tour next week with Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez that includes visits to some tossup and Republican-leaning states where Democrats struggled in the last election. The tour opens Monday with a rally in Portland, Maine, followed by appearances over the subsequent four days in Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

It is an aggressive schedule reminiscent of the 75-year-old senator’s recent presidential campaign. He failed to wrestle the nomination from Hillary Clinton in 2016, but developed a large and passionate following from his party’s liberal base.

The Democratic Party hit bottom last fall after an election season in which they lost the presidency and could not take control of the House or Senate despite favorable conditions in some cases. Sanders acknowledged his party’s failures in 2016 and said the upcoming tour would “begin the process of fighting back.”

He also cited Tuesday’s special election in Kansas, where Republicans scored a narrow victory over a little-known Democrat in a district where the GOP dominated in the past.

“The Republicans had to spend money like crazy at the end to beat him,” Sanders said. “I think that’s a very good omen for the future.”

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+69 # Wise woman 2017-04-13 11:11
Honestly, I don't think trump will even last for a full term. His policies and the people he has chosen to represent him are so outrageous that this country won't be able to endure him for the next 3-3/4 years. Just in 3 months, the country is in a state of total chaos and the laughing stock and deep concern of the rest of the world. This craziness can't continue. Nature always finds a way to restore balance - which is already happening in the climate world. If not before, his effectiveness will end by the midterms. His destruction of America will end and die a natural death.
 
 
+5 # Skyelav 2017-04-13 13:46
As long as he keeps to his bosses, the Rockefeller, Mellon, Morgan branch of the plutocracy, he'll be ok. The other side, the Koch brothers' people are Bannon, Mike Pence et al. Which side would you rather have if we only have two choices?
 
 
0 # mh1224jst 2017-04-13 18:43
Yep, very wise. We need to work on how best to survive nature's readjustment.
 
 
+2 # randrjwr 2017-04-14 08:04
Quoting Wise woman:
Honestly, I don't think trump will even last for a full term. His policies and the people he has chosen to represent him are so outrageous that this country won't be able to endure him for the next 3-3/4 years. Just in 3 months, the country is in a state of total chaos and the laughing stock and deep concern of the rest of the world. This craziness can't continue. Nature always finds a way to restore balance - which is already happening in the climate world. If not before, his effectiveness will end by the midterms. His destruction of America will end and die a natural death.


And Pence's will begin. Too bad the GOP bench is so deep.
 
 
+2 # newell 2017-04-14 10:19
Rather have a President Pence? the Republicans would. Trump is just a narcissist; Pence is a true believer and ready for heaven (and hell for the unbelievers). And please explain how the natural world is restoring balance to the climate change problem. As a scientist for the last 50 years--I missed that. Hopefully I misunderstood you.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2017-04-14 15:36
Quoting Wise woman 2017-04-13 11:11:
This craziness can't continue. Nature always finds a way to restore balance...If not before, his effectiveness will end by the midterms. His destruction of America will end and die a natural death.

- what! - smug! - hubris!

- destruction of America will never die a natural death!

- the craziness only ends when good people put a stop to it!

control that money exerts over our lives only stops when people outvote money! - for people, it's life or death! - go bernie!

across red merka bernie will spread a beautiful message -

"what have you got to lose?" besides your health? your life? a living wage? an artificially, low wage? fair, equal pay? college education for qualified students? your future?

what have billionaires got to lose? besides vulnerable, cheap workforce? and fortunes they scam from vulnerable workers?

what have you got to lose? red merka?
 
 
+2 # hd70642 2017-04-13 13:37
You have face facts. when you put style. over substance. you are cooking up a recipe. for disaster . The republicans. just. do not have any viable ideas in the. least imaginable. way . Bernie. is not saying what the average person. has. already. thought. or been thorough.
 
 
0 # Caliban 2017-04-15 15:56
Real punctuation works better than whatever this stuff is supposed to be.
 
 
+15 # Saberoff 2017-04-13 14:07
Quote: "He failed to wrestle the nomination from Hillary Clinton in 2016, but developed a large and passionate following from his party’s liberal base."

He Failed at nothing! The nomination was stolen from him by his vaunted Democrat Party. Too bad.
 
 
+7 # librarian1984 2017-04-13 14:11
I think this is why the neoliberals are clinging so desperately to power. They trust there will be a 2018 backlash to Trump and want to make sure it is THEIR candidates who take advantage of the mood -- and Obama is going to help work against progressive candidates

I am angry at the machinations of the neoliberals but find hope in two places: first, that this time progressives are organized, passionate and funded, and secondly, that Perez is going on tour with Sen. Sanders.

My impression of Perez is that he may have some progressivism (calcified) within (though his being specifically pushed by Obama for DNC chair bodes ill), and him being on tour with Bernie, seeing the crowds, hearing the speeches and the reactions to the speeches, may affect his ideas and subsequent actions at the DNC.

We need the neoliberals to join the cause and accept a progressive agenda, or get out of the way. Perhaps this tour will convince the DNC of that.
 
 
+6 # HStone 2017-04-13 14:11
If the Republicans are smart, they will impeach Trump sooner rather than later to give their party a chance in 2018.
 
 
+6 # tr4302@gmail.com 2017-04-13 14:20
Now hear this.
Yes, the world’s most powerful man is lazy, ignorant, dishonest and vindictive. But we knew that already.
 
 
-1 # kyzipster 2017-04-13 14:22
It's Bernie's job to be optimistic but I don't believe it. The Republican Party has been exposing itself proudly for decades and they only grow more powerful. What's to expose? They're not shy.

It will be just like Bush, voters won't figure out they've been screwed until Trump's 7th or 8th year in office. After that Fox will scapegoat the next Dem establishment president for 8 more years and the cycles will continue. I plan on being dead in 30 years or so, 40 tops, maybe it's time to stop caring and get back to gardening.
 
 
+4 # randrjwr 2017-04-13 22:42
Quoting kyzipster:
It's Bernie's job to be optimistic but I don't believe it. The Republican Party has been exposing itself proudly for decades and they only grow more powerful. What's to expose? They're not shy.

It will be just like Bush, voters won't figure out they've been screwed until Trump's 7th or 8th year in office. After that Fox will scapegoat the next Dem establishment president for 8 more years and the cycles will continue. I plan on being dead in 30 years or so, 40 tops, maybe it's time to stop caring and get back to gardening.


Hey, kyzipster, if you really want those 30-to-40 years, I would suggest you take up your gardening as far as you can get from any potential nuclear target and hope that the enemy's guidance systems work as intended.

Maybe you aren't worried, but I surely am. Remember, OUR missiles are on a state of "high alert," as they have been for a long time, but with Trump in the cat-bird seat, the game has changed.
 
 
0 # kyzipster 2017-04-14 10:43
There's lots to worry about for sure but there's a lot to be said for developing more apathy for peace of mind. The media can induce insanity.

Do you think it's better to get incinerated close to a nuclear target or experience a slow death from the fallout?
 
 
+4 # djnova50 2017-04-13 14:25
Is there somebody on the other side who is promising to expose the Democrats for what they are? While there may be a small progressive unit within the Democratic party, the biggest percentage are neo-liberal/neo -conservative. The Democrats for the most part are funded by the same corporate entities that the Republicans are funded by. If a Democrat is funded by Monsanto, for example, any legislation he may author or co-author will be written in such a way that Monsanto will benefit from it in some manner.

Take a look at the ACA that was signed by Obama. The main beneficiaries for that legislation are the insurance and pharmaceutical industries.

Maybe Donald Trump will be a one term President and maybe he won't. Some of us thought that GW Bush was going to be a one term President. I did not vote for Trump and if he runs again, I won't vote for him the next time.
 
 
-2 # Robbee 2017-04-14 15:55
Quoting djnova50 2017-04-13 14:25:
I did not vote for Trump and if he runs again, I won't vote for him the next time.

- that's not good enough! not to vote for rump! not good enough for america! not good enough by half! - not good enough for your health? your life? a living wage? an artificially, low wage? fair, equal pay? college education for qualified students? your future? your scotus? your civil rights? your environment?

- that's not good enough! not to vote for the only candidate who can beat rump!

dj is clueless! dj is incapable of learning from 2016! - in 2020 dj will find another excuse to vote for somebody other than the only candidate who can beat rump! - so sorry, america!
 
 
0 # Caliban 2017-04-16 16:34
The ACA is important as the first step towards universal coverage in the US. This will be slow coming, but -- after it passes -- Obamacare and the President who pushed it through will be honored in history books for creating the first effort at Coverage for all in the US.
 
 
+5 # wrknight 2017-04-13 14:31
Bernie is probably right, there's a good chance Republicans will dump him. But if the Democrats don't wake up, the Republicans will keep the White House. All that's needed is to run Hillary a second time and that will guarantee a Republican victory.
 
 
+8 # tedrey 2017-04-13 14:31
Trump's running a hostile takeover of the country. His cabal will gut the economy for all they can get out of it, and break the rest so it can't function to recoup or punish him. He never expects a second term.
 
 
-3 # Robbee 2017-04-14 16:04
Quoting tedrey:
Trump's running a hostile takeover of the country. His cabal will gut the economy for all they can get out of it, and break the rest so it can't function to recoup or punish him. He never expects a second term.

- R I D I C U L O U S !
 
 
+13 # Blackjack 2017-04-13 14:37
Almost every day I find something to be grateful to Bernie for. He's the best Democrat we've had in decades! Would that DINO Dems had his courage. Sorry, though, Bernie did not fail "to wrestle the nomination from Hillary Clinton." The DNC stole it from him. Yes, it's time to move on (and Bernie has), but can Dems finally be honest with themselves about that very pertinent fact?
 
 
+8 # ywsf 2017-04-13 15:30
and this big bomb in Afghanistan sent shivers through me. He got a bump in the ratings for bombing Syria so he's going over the top now just for his ego? He is beyond dangerous and must be ousted.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2017-04-14 01:10
The authorization for using MOAB was made during Obama's tenure.
 
 
+10 # petermccrea 2017-04-13 15:38
I support Bernie, but NONE of Bernie's speeches to enthusiastic crowds will matter if GOP Gerrymandering and INTERSTATE CROSSCHECK are not stopped. Wake up, Democrats!

See www.gregpalast.com about Crosscheck. See the John Oliver video on RSN about Gerrymandering. Read Harvey Wasserman's columns about voting machine rigging.

The election was stolen and will be again. Trump said the election was rigged. It was--in HIS favor--and in the GOPs favor.

Trump says three million illegal votes went for Hillary? Seriously? Psychopaths always accuse their opponents of EXACTLY the thing THEY are doing. He's "the best" at that. Sad.
 
 
+2 # oakjoan 2017-04-13 16:51
Rats Wise Woman, you beat me to it!

I do disagree with your statement "His destruction of America will die a natural death" --- I was hoping for capture by wolves or by swarms of locusts.
 
 
0 # reiverpacific 2017-04-13 16:58
As a matter of interest, who exactly do or does the Democrats have in mind for the midterm elections, never mind 2020?
I don't see any rising prominent candidate with "name" appeal, assuming that Bernie is getting a bit long in the tooth, if no less sharper 'i the tongue; his support is crucial to any wannabe candidate.
And nobody goin' to take another Clinton pop-up candidacy with anything but a grain of non-iodized salt!
Pence of course is not even a viable option if the rethug's wanna try any form of damage-control in the face of the laughing-stock they've already become.
I've seen several pundit's publish current grounds for impeachment, the most recent from Robert Reich but words are useless without firm and decisive action, something that these same Democrats have been conspicuously lacking for decades now!
 
 
0 # Caliban 2017-04-16 16:48
The lack of an obvious Democratic presidential candidate could be an advantage. A spirited primary season will give many opportunities for Dems to cut Trump down to size, develop a wide-ranging critique of GOP attitudes, and showcase the talent in the party hidden for years now behind the long-time obvious names.

Personally, I expect (without much enthusiasm) O'Malley and Ellison to be back, but I am really hoping that Senator Al Franken will decide to go for the big one. Time for someone we can laugh with (rather than laugh at) to get in front of the cameras.
 
 
0 # hipocampelo 2017-04-13 17:29
This is what one might expect from the
Associated Press. Poor comment.
 
 
-4 # ericlipps 2017-04-13 17:45
One way Trump might be re-elected would be for left-wing ankle-biers to attack the Democratic nominee as not pure enough personally, ideologically or both. That's one reason he got into the White House in the first place, after all.
 
 
+7 # sharag 2017-04-13 17:56
In Kansa, why didn't the Democrats spend more to take that seat? It was a real possibility. Another missed opportunity.
 
 
+8 # maverita 2017-04-13 18:26
Of course, if the Democrats want to beat Trump in 2020, they have to have a progressive candidate, NOT a third run for Hillary or another neoliberal party hack.
 
 
+2 # librarian1984 2017-04-14 01:13
Yes. I'd be curious how many Hillary supporters here would back her running in 2020.

Before we fight the GOP apparently we still need to fight the neoliberals.
 
 
-2 # kyzipster 2017-04-14 10:45
I think all of this Hillary support is in your mind. Anyone who didn't support Trump as much as you is a Hillary supporter. I've noticed maybe two diehard Hillary fans on here.
 
 
+1 # Caliban 2017-04-16 16:51
HRC is no Bernie, but it would have been better to have had her experience and competence in the top job than the greedy incompetence of the Donaldo.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2017-04-14 17:38
Quoting librarian1984 2017-04-14 01:13:
I'd be curious how many Hillary supporters here would back her running in 2020.

Before we fight the GOP apparently we still need to fight the neoliberals.

- as lib well knows, robbee is no neoliberal - we still need to fight the neoliberals - bernie seems to be growing progress

same as 2016 - hill is far from my first choice, but, if she wins the dem primaries, then she will be the only candidate who can beat rump! - in 2016 or 2020 or whenever, perhaps for the rest of my life! - in the general election! dems are plenty good enough for me! - robbee does not need to leap back before he crawls forward, sorry!

while lib says "never hill!"

robbee says "never repuke!"

lib showed us her "scorecard" of life under hill as prez - which was twisted crap, sorry! lib has felt oppressed by estab dems too long to hear anything hill says!

lib has estab dems on the brain and is incapable of refocusing for the general election! estab dems are not pure evil, like repukes, they need our more progressive guidance, thanks!
 
 
0 # kyzipster 2017-04-15 17:04
It doesn't matter what our history is on here, if we didn't bash the Dem establishment with equal fervor to Lib, hoping for a Trump win because Hillary was sure to start WWIII, we're a hopeless neoliberal and the enemy of progressives.

This is the most elitist forum I know of.
 
 
+7 # progressiveguy 2017-04-13 19:36
Trump knows that if he is to be elected again he will have to start a war. Bush did this after he ignored warnings of a terrorist attack and did nothing to prevent it, he just sat back and let 9/11 happen. Then he blamed the wrong country and attacked Iraq instead. Trump recently started acting more hawkish, hoping to get his performance rating above 35%. Unfortunately most of the 46% that voted for Trump will be suckers for this, just as the same fools voted for Bush. In 1968 and 1972 the same ilk, Nixon's silent majority, were suckers for the same type of war mongering. Many Americans like war, they cheer it on as if it is a football game. To eliminate this type of war Americans must do 2 things: eliminate the huge profits that corporations make from war and start a war tax that all citizens must pay, without exception. That might end conservatives being so eager to go to war.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2017-04-16 20:19
Quoting progressiveguy 2017-04-13 19:36:
Trump knows that if he is to be elected again he will have to start a war. Bush did this...Trump recently started acting more hawkish, hoping to get his performance rating above 35%.

- as robbee predicted here on rsn, rump's recent bombings, following bush2cheney playbook, boost rump's approval rating to 40% - progressives need to delegitimize rump's "bring 'em on!" moments - otherwise this crap goes on and on! forever!

the chemical bombings! the harmless counter-attack on a vacant, evacuated, auxiliary airstrip! are great theater! - mere play-acting to frame rump as a powerful, decisive, beneficent ruler! - rump's white, baptist base adore rump's glorious moment! - he's back!!!

expect more, not less, sabre rattling! as rump lays the foundation for his rerun in 2020!
 

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