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Greenwood writes: "Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Friday released an Inauguration Day message urging supporters to 'fight back' against Donald Trump's agenda."

Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Amy Klobuchar arrive for the inauguration ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., January 20, 2017. (photo: Reuters)
Senator Bernie Sanders and Senator Amy Klobuchar arrive for the inauguration ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., January 20, 2017. (photo: Reuters)

Bernie Sanders: Don't Despair. Fight Back.

By Max Greenwood, The Hill

20 January 17


ormer Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Friday released an Inauguration Day message urging supporters to “fight back” against Donald Trump's agenda.

“Today is going to be a tough day for millions of Americans, including myself,” Sanders said in a video posted on Twitter. “But our response has got to be not to throw up our hands in despair — not to give up — but in fact to fight back as effectively and as vigorously as we can.

“And our job is to keep our eyes on the prize, and the prize is that we will continue fighting for a government that represents all of us; not just the 1 percent,” he continued. “And we are going to go forward, in the fight for economic, social, environmental and racial justice. That’s who we are, that’s what we are going to do. We are not giving up.”

Sanders’s comments were posted just hours before Trump was set to take the Oath of Office.

The Vermont senator gained a sizable following among progressive Democrats during the 2016 primaries with his critique of economic and social inequality in the U.S., but eventually lost the primaries to Hillary Clinton.

Sanders has said in recent weeks that he sees opportunities to work with Trump, particularly on job creation and a plan to overhaul the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Still, he has not shied away from criticizing the president-elect, and has vowed to oppose him on a number of issues, such as climate change, which Trump has called a “hoax.”'

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+23 # Winston Smith II 2017-01-20 15:32
Sanders is exactly right and the inauguration of Trump may be a blessing in disguise. The democratic party had been going in exactly the wrong direction for a long time. At least Trump pushed the Clintons out of power and possibly that will open the Democratic party to real change.

Obama put the left wing of the democratic party to sleep because everyone wanted to be nice to the FBP (first black president).

The fight for control of the democratic party is well underway. Trump's populism -- even if it is a con-job -- will do some good in that it has awakened populist activism in the US. It is now possible for an outsider to be elected president and more of them to congress. The democratic party needs to be the party for ordinary americans, the working class, and all people who suffer at the hands of the rich and powerful. The republicans will always be the party of the rich and powerful.

I agree with Sanders that there may be opportunities to work with Trump. He has made promises to those who voted for him and he needs help to fulfill those.
+4 # candida 2017-01-21 02:02
Quoting Winston Smith II:
Sanders is exactly right and the inauguration of Trump may be a blessing in disguise. ...I agree with Sanders that there may be opportunities to work with Trump. He has made promises to those who voted for him and he needs help to fulfill those.

There is nothing blessed about Trump's inauguration. Populist activism has been going on for some time (immigration movement, Black Lives Matter, Occupy, etc.) Maybe it's you who's waking up to populist activism.

Trump means nothing good for people of color, poor people or the LGBTQ. Haven't you learned yet that Trump's promises are worth nothing? If the campaign didn't teach you this, his cabinet picks show he has one true constituent: billionaires.

Congratulations , straight white men will be able to weather the next 4 years well enough, though I'm not so confident for the poor. In calling the Trump "presidency" a "blessing in disguise" (GAG!), you like many on this site don't seem too concerned for yourselves or loved ones.
+3 # Winston Smith II 2017-01-21 15:39
candida -- I work in inner city Baltimore. I understand populist and African American movements very well. Obama did not do anything for the people I work with, other than be a nice positive image. Images are important but some action on the killing of Freddie Gray might have actually been better.

Trump is all the bad things people say he is. But he did do one good thing for all of us on the left wing of political activists. He broke the back of the Bush/Clinton dynasty that has had a choke hold on US politics and the presidency since the 1980s. If you are a Hillary supporter, you don't see it this way. Because of Trump's thuggish campaign, their may never be a Clinton or Bush or any of their surrogates running for president again. That is a huge opening for the democrat party. It means the left wing and the Sanders faction might actually be able to return the party to its FDR and socialist roots.

Trump is a wrecking crew and a transitional figure. He'll be gone soon. US politics needed to go through this transition. We just now need to be sure that his Teaparty supporters do not organize better than us left wing democrats (I'm a Green but I'll come back to the Demo party when it gets good leadership).
0 # kyzipster 2017-01-22 10:52
"Because of Trump's thuggish campaign, their may never be a Clinton or Bush or any of their surrogates running for president again."

That's one possible outcome. I think Trump's outrageousness and the continued extremism of the GOP may open the door for another establishment Democrat to come in and 'save us' in 8 years. Just like Obama after Bush.

That was one of my arguments for voting for Clinton after Sanders was no longer an option. Progressives protesting an establishment Democrat in the WH proves it's not partisan. Protesting Trump will be split down party lines mostly. Partisan divisiveness, stuck in the Culture War. Taking us into the next election cycle.

I think that OWS during Obama's Presidency had a huge impact despite the outcome of this election and a belief that it was ineffectual. I definitely think it opened the door for Sanders and Warren's voices, to be taken more seriously in the media. (Despite the media ignoring Sanders too much of the time) Change is slow, we're up against changing deep beliefs of millions of people.

Let's hope your prediction comes true.
+34 # librarian1984 2017-01-20 15:56
For me it was tougher the day Sanders endorsed Clinton. As soon as that happened this day was practically inevitable.

Sanders, as usual, is right. This is not the end of history. This is the beginning of the progressives' rise .. and the country well needs them/ US.

Sanders is smart to go to the inauguration. Lewis and those who stay home will face reprisals. Trump obviously holds grudges and in politics one needs at least two sides to reach a deal.

Neoliberals accuse Sanders of being too pie-in-the-sky but tell that to the Swedes. He is eminently practical and he understands politics. With Sanders we have the best chance of weathering the Trump years -- and gaining the power to enact a progressive agenda on the other side of it.

NB: In this article, 'lost' = 'was robbed'
+7 # dipierro4 2017-01-21 00:07
Not anxious to criticize John Lewis, but I agree that Sanders is setting the right tone and direction: Work with him when you can, oppose him when you should, try to educate the public, and keep your supporters fired up; don't get into personal attacks, attacks on Trump's family, etc.

Trump is not going away soon, so we are stuck with him; he has substantial support; and he gets meaner and uglier when challenged or attacked. Having been a longtime Democrat in the past, and being vague or undecided about some policy issues, he may produce some pleasant surprises, although his conduct on Inauguration Day gave me no basis for hope of this.
-2 # candida 2017-01-21 01:51
There is nothing inevitable about this day, much less Sanders' endorsement of Clinton. That you could say it was tougher than to see Trump's inauguration is grotesque.
+5 # librarian1984 2017-01-21 10:10
With respect, there are more grotesque things on this earth than my seeing the loss of a Sanders presidency as more momentous than Trump's inauguration .. a tragedy for this country, surely, but not as impactful as losing the opportunity of a better country, a better planet, a better future.

Sanders woke the people up, he shined the light on a corrupt system and showed US a possible progressive future. He showed us a way to get money out of politics and join together to challenge the establishment. He gave people hope. So yes, I see his surrender to the corrupt system as worse than getting just another a-hole in the WH. That I'm used to. THAT we can fight.

But how often in my lfetime has there been a politician I believed in, trusted even? Exactly once, candida, once.

I feel what I feel and I don't need your approval. If you think I'm grotesque you have not seen much of the world. I could insult you too but what is the point? I hope instead that one day you'll learn and grow and perhaps you'll regret denigrating people who merely had another understanding of the world.

Progressives' predictions about this election have been spot on, so perhaps you might consider that yours is not the only way to perceive reality. When the nomination was stolen, the likelihood of a Trump presidency went up precipitously. Clinton always tied with DT in polls. Sanders always won. Fact.

Sometimes when you are most certain you are least right.
0 # kyzipster 2017-01-25 09:18
"Clinton always tied with DT in polls. Sanders always won. Fact."

A meaningless fact. Sanders was never seen as a serious threat, he was not subjected to the massive right-wing lie and smear machine. They are masters of propaganda. I think he could have won, possibly, but polls are irrelevant.
+10 # newell 2017-01-20 16:26
Hope to see everyone tomorrow at the Women's March-- in DC or local. Resist.
+20 # PeacefulGarden 2017-01-20 16:46
Could you please explain how we can fight back? I am 58 and pepper spray in my face is a bit tough.

I am not throwing my hands up in despair, but what can we do?

Ya' know, I guess pepper spray is okay. I am going to start protesting. Especially if they are handing out joints in DC! I am in Philly. Lets all go to DC!

Go Bernie!
+4 # ReconFire 2017-01-20 17:15
We like you Bernnie, but all of this could have been avoided if you would have fought Hillary when she stole the nomination from you.
-4 # tm7devils39 2017-01-21 00:32
That's hitting the nail on the head! He wants us to fight back now...but HE wouldn't when HRC, the DNC and Schultz were screwing him to the wall in order to give the nomination to Hillary. You can't lead from the rear, Bernie - your decisions during the primary have put us in the situation we find ourselves now...a situation we may never recover from.
+4 # librarian1984 2017-01-21 10:21
Sanders had different constraints. I am heartbroken he didn't fight the electoral corruption of the primary, but he and Jane told us not to follow orders, and there's no denying he has more influence and power now than if he had fought the stolen races and lost.

Instead we see him on the news frequently, pushing a progressive resistance, and organizing it. It's happening.

He is widely and increasingly being acknolwedged as leader of the party. Progressives are the majority in the CA DP. He is minority leader of the Senate Budget Committee.

In these times it's easy to find enemies, but we need allies too. Sanders' record -- decades of fighting for progressivism and for regular people -- gives him credibility imo. No one is perfect but Sanders is as close as any politician comes and his actions are reaping advantage.

I still trust him.
+4 # lfeuille 2017-01-21 16:48
If he had fought he would not have won. Our laws are so lacking that there is no way to fight voter suppression and prevail. There is no way to fight vote flipping either and it does not leave a trail of evidence so even if the law allowed for challenging it, there would be no proof. With the kind of election fraud perpetrated in the primary, the only recourse is lawsuit that aren't heard for months after the election and if won, only result in consent decrees that the offending party won't do it again. They prompt break these agreements with no consequences.
+6 # librarian1984 2017-01-20 18:45
Mercenary David Brock apologizes to Sanders.
0 # DongiC 2017-01-20 21:27
It's good that so many people here are going to the protests tomorrow. I think Trump and his cabinet are going to leave some vast openings in the months ahead. Definitely global warming will be a bone of contention as both poles are heating up and the GØP seems to be oblivious of the danger.

In foreign affairs, Trump is really pushing China over Taiwan and over trade. The former is adopting a strict position re Taiwan and its own military bases in the South China Sea. Tillerson has said that China will have to stop construction of these bases and that it cannot visit them. Provocative, indeed!

Note: China's military ally is Russia. Pretty strong combination.
0 # Bruce Gruber 2017-01-21 06:20
Many days late and a huuuge number of dollars "short"ed ... trust NOT and verify with waterboarding.

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