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Bernie Sanders Hopes to Reach Trump Supporters With Fox News Town Hall
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50525"><span class="small">Stephen Proctor, Yahoo News</span></a>   
Friday, 05 April 2019 13:15

Proctor writes: "On The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders revealed why he decided to participate in a town hall hosted by Fox News."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)

Bernie Sanders Hopes to Reach Trump Supporters With Fox News Town Hall

By Stephen Proctor, Yahoo News

05 April 19


n The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders revealed why he decided to participate in a town hall hosted by Fox News.

In March, the Democratic National Committee announced it would not allow the network to host a Democratic primary debate, citing concerns over Fox News’ close ties with the Trump administration. But Sanders explained that he doesn’t equate the Fox News viewer with the network itself, and he thinks it is important to reach them.

“Trust me, I know Fox News. I know who they are, and I know the role that they are playing. So to me it is important to distinguish Fox News from the many millions of people who watch Fox News,” Sanders said. “I think it is important to talk to those people and say, ‘You know what? I know many of you voted for Donald Trump, but he lied to you. He told you, for example, he was going to provide health care to all people, now he wants to throw 30 million people off the health care that they had. He told you that he was gonna give tax reform that would not benefit the wealthy, 83 percent of the benefits go to the top 1 percent.’”

Though some have criticized his decision, Sanders reiterated exactly why he chose to do it.

“I think it is important to talk to Trump supporters and explain to them to what degree he has betrayed the working class of this country and lied during his campaign in terms of what he would do,” the Vermont senator said. 

Whether or not the message Sanders hopes to convey gets through to the audience remains to be seen. The town hall is set to air April 15 and will be moderated Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

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+31 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-05 15:23
I think this is a good move on Sanders part. Clearly he is the most interesting of democratic party candidates to the right wing populists who voted for Trump in 2016. Sanders has been talking to these people since Trump took office. Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 11/9" showed that these people are populist and independent. They want someone who will listen to their needs and work to resolve their problems.

The DNC refused to allow FOX to host a primary debate because they don't want right wing populists to switch over to the Demo party and vote for Sanders. This could swing the primaries to Sanders. They sure as hell would not vote for anyone else in the Demo primary race. This is a major DNC intervention in the election to prevent Sanders from winning the nomination.

It is clear to many political analysis that a left - right populists coalition will very likely elect the next president. Establishment candidates simply don't have much appeal. More than half of Americans are registered independent and they don't like Demo or Repub establishment candidates who are standard issue neo-cons and neo-libs.

Left - right populist coalitions are happening around the world. There are issues they share -- anti-war, full funding for national healthcare, attention to public schools, roads, infrastructure, and so on. These are "people needs." They hate the billionaire control of government.
+24 # kyzipster 2019-04-05 17:36
"mainline Democrats accused Sanders of courting conservative voters"

That's a quote from the linked Newsweek article. Yes, Sanders is trying to reach conservative voters! I guess that's supposed to be a mark of shame. As if he's going to a KKK rally to court votes? Insanity.

When liberals wake up one day and see that 'the left' used to be about challenging the establishment on behalf of all workers, maybe they will come back to power. Today, their ideology about challenging the socially constructed white patriarch power structure dominates every issue on the left, and supposedly explains ever social injustice. It's controlling the entire debate imo.

Sanders understands that his agenda should appeal to the urban poor as much as a white working class rural voter. It should help to solve some issues around economic disparities between white and minority communities. Liberals can't even bring themselves to acknowledge the humanity of white, rural conservative America.

The left demonizes white men and sometimes women at every opportunity, the right demonizes Muslims and illegal immigrants. Considering which demographic has the most votes, which party is the most idiotic? I think they're both basically the same more and more, consumed with resentment and bitterness and blame, but Democrats really know how to lose elections.

Naturally, I'll probably be shamed as a racist again for pointing out the obvious.
+6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-04-06 05:45
kyz -- "Naturally, I'll probably be shamed as a racist again for pointing out the obvious."

There are a lot of very ugly ideas among the right wing populists. Many are racists, homophobes, anti-abortionis ts. They generally hold many of the ideas the left finds unworthy.

But even repugnant people need healthcare and jobs that pay a fair wage. They need government to focus on good schools and infrastructure.

You phrase the big question well -- can the left accept working with people they don't like or people they disagree with on some important issues? I see this as the big challenge for democrats and I think Sanders is going in the right direction.

This division between working class people only helps the ruling oligarchs. They keep us fighting about our social differences so that we can't organize for the really crucial issues of war and peace and corporate practices. Hillary's "deplorables" have been betrayed by Trump and they just might move over to vote for Sanders.
+2 # kyzipster 2019-04-06 12:30
I'm not unaware of how awful Trump has been, the rise in right-wing extremism but I think the left has lost its mind. They've exaggerated it to such a degree that I think they're traumatizing people. I'm not joking, I have friends living in fear of. So we've come to this, courting conservative votes is seen as the equivalent of courting white supremacy. A MAGA hat is no different than a KKK hood.

I've been opposed to conservatism my whole life. Growing up gay in the Bible Belt in the 70s gives me a certain perspective, my resentments run deep. My own LGBTQ movement has lost its mind. Claiming that getting misgendered is an act of violence. Creating over 30 genders. The militant aggression, the hostility is destroying the movement, making it a joke.

I think Hillary's statement was more accurate than what has manifested on the left since Trump was elected. She said 'half' were deplorable. It's impossible for many on the left to even admit that half may not be deplorable.

The drama of the MAGA hat teens exposed how sick the left has become imo. To discuss it outside of a certain POV gets a person labeled a racist. That's not an exaggeration really. It's destroying the left. I hope I'm wrong, but I think more and more people on the left are feeling this way.

I thought I'd never say it, but we've become pretty much a reflection of 'them.' They're always the beneficiaries in the end.

Sanders is trying to save the Dem Party from itself imo, I applaud this move.
+2 # kyzipster 2019-04-06 12:44
..if I could ramble a bit more. I've been trying to make sense of all of this. I have a good friend I've known since childhood who is a diehard Republican. I tried to talk to him about Charlottesville . I was civil but I was disgusted with the inability to see the complicity. He finds it insulting that we even bring it up. He feels he doesn't need to answer to it. Do I respect that POV? No, but I think it's important to understand how conservatives see themselves. They have a big media bubble that assures them they're not sympathetic with neo-Nazis and the rest. Neither is Trump. It's actually Democrats who are racists. They have a whole argument making this case, to themselves.

It's an impossible landscape, I understand that. I think Trump and everyone who voted for him is responsible because they refuse to speak against the extremism strongly enough, if at all. I get that, but I also don't believe my friend is a racist, a homophobe, a sexist. I wouldn't tolerate that in a friendship. He's bought into the Islamophobia too much and I call him on it often.

Anyway, the left really needs to self reflect on its own tribalism. It's full of hate and intolerance. I think the left is as responsible for Trump as the right in some ways. He was just a big 'F you' to all of the virtue signaling, the insults to red state voters we've seen for years. He was also proof that they're deplorables! A vicious cycle we're stuck in. Who is benefiting the most from this divide?
+7 # Street Level 2019-04-05 22:47
Good for Bernie! Trump picked up Bernie's platform after the primary and got elected while Hillary continued the DNC agenda of Republican Lite.
Bernie doing this town hall is a good thing. People need to talk to each other, we all want to be heard and feel that someone understands us.
I hope he can get a word in there while all the shills scream about socialism. I wonder if The Donald is going to show up and stand behind him like a creep.
+7 # pushingforpeace 2019-04-05 23:27
Smart move on Bernie's part I know people who've said they were for either Bernie or Trump, even thought that appears to be diametrically oppositional. I can't wait to see Trump eviscerated by Bernie in debates and I think a lot of other people feel the same way. Trump hasn't a brain to stand on! He should be imprisoned for all of his cheating, like Blagojevich and Kilpatrick, ASAP!!! He has zero charisma and his appeal is mainly based on the religious right who feel he represents their irrational positions and the brain-dead ignoramuses who feel represented by his complete lack of intellect.
+2 # kyzipster 2019-04-06 13:31
My problem with Trump is if we do see factories coming back to the Rust Belt, they will be owned by Chinese companies, paying crap wages and few benefits. If he does get around to addressing infrastructure, it will be a massive move to privatize. We'll be paying tolls to take a road trip, while still paying a gas tax to help compensate for billionaire and corporate tax cuts.

If Democrats don't snap out of it, the Republican Party may become the 'Labor Party', in perception. Stranger things have happened.
+4 # James Klimaski 2019-04-06 08:53
Trump recognizes the danger of having Sanders speak to the people who watch FAX News. He will do something to try and scuttle Sanders appearance.
+2 # lfeuille 2019-04-06 16:29
If anyone can reach them it's Bernie, but I'm not convinced that Fox News moderators will give him the opportunity.