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Bernie Sanders Announces Nationwide Pre-Inauguration Protest

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Bernie Sanders Announces Nationwide Pre-Inauguration Protest


Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

One week before Donald Trump takes office, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his allies will be protesting the Republicans’ new agenda nationwide.

“On January 15, for the first time in the modern history of the Democratic Party, Democrats are going to be organizing rallies all across this country in opposition to the Republican budget, which calls for throwing 30 million people off of health care, taking their insurance away… privatizing Medicare, making massive cuts in Medicaid, and at the same time giving tax breaks to the wealthy,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow in a January 3 interview.

Sanders, a strong advocate of universal health care on the campaign trail, blasted Republicans for their persistence in attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act without offering any specific alternatives. Sanders also praised new Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer as well as Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) for spearheading leadership in the Democratic Party.

“What I think Chuck understands and what Democrats increasingly understand is you can’t just go to fundraisers with wealthy people, you gotta get out in the real world, you gotta mobilize people, you gotta educate people, you gotta listen to people and that is the transformation they need,” Sanders said. “Which, by the way, is why I am strongly supporting Keith Ellison to be the new chair of the DNC.”

Sanders endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison for permanent chairman of the Democratic National Committee two days after the presidential election. Ellison is a progressive lawyer who made history 10 years ago when he became the first Muslim to be elected to the U.S. Congress. He remains one of just two Muslims in the House.

Sanders has been appointed by Chuck Schumer to be the new leader of outreach for the Senate Democrats. During the January 15 Day of Resistance, the Vermont senator is encouraging legislators to rally their constituents in their home districts, as opposed to marching on Washington.

“We’re asking U.S. senators, members of the House, labor unions, environmental groups, senior groups, ordinary people to come together and tell the Republican Party that their priorities are absolutely backwards,” Sanders explained.

Sanders will participate in a CNN town hall in anticipation of the event on January 9.


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

IMAGE: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally at Casa del Mexicano in Los Angeles, California, U.S. June 4, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson


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  1. A_Real_Einstein January 6, 2017

    Sign me up. Join the revolution. We are the future. Keith Ellison is the way.

  2. Bill Smith 999935 January 6, 2017

    More background noise.

    1. johninPCFL January 6, 2017

      From the guy whose avatar is the Russian coat of arms. Congratulations, Mr. Putin. Your puppet Agent Orange is president of the US.

      1. Bill Smith 999935 January 6, 2017

        Uh, try again.

  3. Mama Bear January 6, 2017

    Wonder if he could have beat T-rump.

    1. jmprint January 6, 2017

      I feel the election was rigged and so the answer to your question is no the outcome would have been the same. They might have altered numbers differently, but the outcome would be the same. Too many states had people saying they were turned away, due to record showing they had already voted.

    2. Dan S January 6, 2017

      Initially I didn’t think he could and Clinton would be the stronger candidate. In retrospect even though Bernie wasn’t part of the Democrats establishment he would’ve done more to advance their agenda that Trump and GOP are about to torpedo. The other liabilities I thought would hurt him is he’s a Jewish Socialist and at 74 how would his health hold up. Not that Clinton or Trump are as young as Obama but we should’ve given him a shot. In 2020 I implore the Democrats to please get rid of these Superdelegates that favor one candidate over another. The nominating process is already too unfair for so many good candidates

      1. Mama Bear January 6, 2017

        I had some of the same thoughts, and then later decided that with all false news and Putin’s thumb on the scales Bernie would have lost too.

  4. Meg January 6, 2017

    You guys lost the election and need to get over it. Move on.

    1. latebloomingrandma January 6, 2017

      You mean like the Tea Party did?

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