Sanders urges Democrats to reach out to Trump supporters

Kari Scott
April 20, 2017

"On Monday, DNC Chair Tom Perez and Bernie Sanders kicked off the 'Unity Tour, ' admitting that their party is, well, not unified", said RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia.

"Tonight, DNC Chair Tom Perez and self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders brought their unhinged, profanity-laced roadshow to Louisville", said Chairwoman McDaniel. Bernie Sanders greets the crowd at a packed State Theatre in Portland, Maine, before launching his "Come Together and Fight Back" tour Monday night.

The former presidential candidate's speech included marching orders for his progressive followers.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Sanders billed the tour as an effort to reach out to "traditionally conservative states". He called for living wages, protecting Planned Parenthood, fighting income inequality and a single-payer health care system. The 10-day tour will take them from Portland, Maine, to Florida and to Arizona, Montana and Nevada.

Sanders and Perez, who supported Hillary Clinton over Sanders in 2016, are attempting to capitalize on discontent with President Donald Trump and reverse the Democrats' precipitous decline during the last four elections - a series of contests that's seen the party lose the presidency, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House and multiple governorships and state legislatures.

Some in the crowd also booed at the first mention of the Democratic National Committee.

Before 1,200 people, Sanders said: "Our job is to radically transform the Democratic Party ... into a 50-state party and a party that does not continue to ignore half of the states in our country".

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"Our job is to take the progressive message out into the world, go beyond our zone of comfort, start with working people", Sanders said.

Republican State Treasurer Ron Estes defeated Democratic civil rights attorney and Sanders-backed candidate James Thompson by 7 points, which was a much closer race than in November, where Trump received 60 percent of the vote and Pompeo defeated his Democratic challenger by 31 points.

"The Democrats need a serious wake-up call", Ingoglia said.

I'm prepared to believe that he does give a shit, but like so numerous mainstream Democrats who have so consistently made the party seem timid, center right, or unwilling to truly fight the right, he seemed to embody the kind of people and the kind of mentality Thomas Frank wrote about past year, those people who aren't hungry enough, aren't angry enough, and are too remote, personally, from the front lines of this struggle.

Jackson also said he's "heard from a lot of pundits that the average American feels powerless". Of the eight, only Nevada and ME voted for Hillary Clinton in the past presidential election.

"Republicans picked up on something, whether it was racism or smalltown America not feeling respected or understood", said Moore, a mother and occupational therapist.

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