Monday on CBS News’ Red and Blue, lifelong communist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) warned that while abortion is an important issue, Democrats “have got to do more” on the economy, because “poll after poll shows what everybody understands to be true: working people are hurting.”
Sanders said, “I think the Democrats have a very good chance of [keeping control of] the Senate. We have an outside shot of winning the House. But I think, if we are going to do well in this midterm election, we’ve got to rally the American people, not only around the abortion issue, the right of women to control their own bodies — which is enormously important, Robert — but we have got to do more. We’ve got reach out to working families today who are hurting. We’ve got 60% of our people who are living paycheck-to-paycheck while the wealthiest people in this country have never done better. You’ve got workers today who can’t afford health care, they can’t afford prescription drugs, they can’t afford rent, can’t afford to send their kids to college while CEOs now make 400 times more than their average employee. So, I think what Democrats have got to do is to say, if we [keep] control over the Senate, if we [keep] control over the House, we are prepared to take on these very powerful special interests whose greed is really destroying the middle class of this country.”
It’s not greed that “is really destroying the middle class of this country”; it’s Democrat policies that are intentionally gutting the middle class in order to “fundamentally transform” the economy.
He also stated that the abortion issue is crucial, “but it cannot be the only issue. Poll after poll shows what everybody understands to be true, working people are hurting. They’re worried about the economy. They’re worried about inflation.”
Sanders also wrote in an op-ed published in The Guardian, “I believe that if Democrats do not fight back on economic issues and present a strong pro-worker agenda, they could well be in the minority in both the House and the Senate next year.”