In a virtual roundtable discussion on Friday, lifelong communist senator Bernie Sanders urged the far-left members of the congressional “Squad” to think of the election of presidential hopeful Joe Biden not as the “end-all,” but as the “beginning” of their plan to make Biden the “most progressive president since FDR.”
“[W]e understand that electing Biden is not the end-all. It is the beginning,” Sanders told the four young members of the “Squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. “Do [Biden’s plans] go as far as we would want? No, they don’t,” he said, adding that “Biden, unlike Trump, does not conceive of himself as a dictator.”
“We’re not giving up on our agenda,” Sanders promised. “You know Biden wants to expand health care. Wants to lower prescription drug costs. That’s great. Wants to double funding for community health centers. Very important. But you know and I know that at the end of the day, the only way that we’re going to provide quality care to every man, woman, and child in an affordable way is through Medicare for All. And we ain’t giving up on that struggle. We’re going to introduce Medicare for All. Believe me, we are.
“We’re not retreating,” Sanders added, reminding them that their first task is to “defeat the worst president in the modern history of this country.” Then, they will “organize our people to make sure that Biden becomes the most progressive president since FDR.”
That won’t happen, for two reasons: one, Biden doesn’t have the physical or mental stamina to make it until the inauguration, much less through a full term in the White House; and two, Biden is going to lose the election in a landslide to President Trump.