Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told Rachel Maddow the 2016 election was not a mandate for Republicans and Democrats can successfully fight back.
Rested and ready to fight, Sanders appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday night and said:
“Rachel, when people say ‘Ah, you know, I am giving up, I’m in despair,’ forget about that. You have to fight back as people have throughout the history of this country. Our people have stood up and fought back. And the most important point as I said a moment ago, all of these issues, the majority of the people are with us. We have got to go out and reach out to people.”
Sanders pointed out that while progressivism took a hit last November, history proves that progressives’ ideals typically prevail:
“Well 60, 70 years ago, black kids in the South were going to segregated schools, could not drink in a white water fountain,” Sanders said. “People fought back. A woman lost her run for president this year. A hundred years ago today women did not even have the right to vote, couldn’t go to the schools they wanted.”
The Vermont Senator also explained his plan for a series of Democratic rallies scheduled for January 15, to oppose the Republican Party’s resolve to repeal the Affordable Care Act without offering any kind of alternative – which would result in 22 million Americans losing their healthcare plans.
Sanders urged liberals to get engaged. He explained that we can all make a difference. Whether it’s sharing information on social media, participating in rallies and peaceful protests or calling elected officials, we have the numbers on our side; and if we make the effort, our collective voices cannot be ignored.
Watch the two videos below for the full interview: