Senator Bernie Sanders has built a career of being far-left of center and has even sought to implement socialist policies during his decades of service in Congress. Sanders shared many of these ideas during his 2016 presidential bid and will get a chance to do so again as he recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination and take on President Trump in 2020.
Sanders’ platform includes universal healthcare, free universities and colleges, guaranteed living wages, etc etc… but where is he getting the money for this agenda?
He finally answered that question during a campaign rally in Brooklyn, New York when he said he would bring huge cuts to the U.S. military.
“Today, we say to the military-industrial-complex that we will not continue to spend $700 billion a year on the military — more than the next 10 nations combined,” Sanders said to the New York crowd, as the Washington Examiner reports. “We’re going to invest in affordable housing, we’re going to invest in public education, we’re going to invest in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure — not more nuclear weapons and never-ending wars.”
Sanders’ speech included a number of swipes at President Trump, who he painted as racist and xenophobic: “Trump wants to divide us up by the color of our skin, our country of origin, our gender, our religion, and our sexual orientation. We are going to do exactly the opposite.
“We are going to bring our people together – black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, native-born and immigrant,” Sanders said.
“We are going to bring our people together for an unprecedented grassroots effort, which, I am happy to tell you, already has over one million people signed up as volunteers,” the Vermont Senator continued via the Washington Examiner.
And: “Make no mistake about it, this struggle is not just about defeating Donald Trump. This struggle is about taking on the incredibly powerful institutions that control the economic and political life of this country.”
“I’m talking about Wall Street, the insurance companies, the drug companies, the military-industrial complex, the prison-industrial complex, the fossil fuel industry and a corrupt campaign finance system that enables billionaires to buy elections,” the socialist Senator said, as the Washington Examiner reports.
As the Washington Examiner reports, Sanders scores within the top 3 on nearly every poll of Democratic candidates and kickstarted his race with a sizeable financial lead over nearly every other contender.
Despite Sanders’ huge support, his run puts the Democrat Party in a tough position. Several of his supporters are still at odds with the Democrat Party for allegedly rigging the 2016 presidential primary in Hillary Clinton’s favor. Should Sanders lose again, these supporters may be turned off from supporting the eventual winner. Should Sanders win, he may have a hard time getting support from moderate Democrats and Independents who do not favor socialism.