Bernie Sanders, the independent U.S. Senator from Vermont who vied for the Democratic presidential nomination, spoke out Wednesday after Republican opponent Donald Trump was elected president.
Sanders, who spoke out strongly against Trump's politics during his campaign, said he is willing to work with Trump on policies that benefit working Americans. The senator will, however, "vigorously oppose" Trump on policies deemed discriminatory or anti-environmental.
Below is his full statement:
“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids - all while the very rich become much richer.
To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”
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