Bernie Sanders

Sanders Makes Moves Towards Possible 2020 Bid

“Bernie Sanders is taking steps to address longstanding political shortcomings that were exposed in 2016, ahead of another possible presidential bid in 2020,” Politico reports.

“From forging closer ties to the labor movement to shoring up his once-flimsy foreign policy credentials, the moves have provided the senator inroads into party power structures that largely shunned him in favor of Hillary Clinton last year. They’ve also empowered the progressive icon to harness his newfound political power and help Democrats fight President Trump’s administration.”

Sanders Rips Trump While Defending Iran Deal

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “used a foreign policy speech to knock President Trump’s handling of the Iran nuclear deal, Russia and his rhetoric on the violence in Charlottesville,” The Hill reports.

Said Sanders: “I call on my colleagues in the Congress, and all Americans: We must protect this agreement. President Trump has signaled his intention to walk away from it, as he did the Paris agreement, regardless of the evidence that it is working.”

Stephen Miles: “In laying out a principled and bold progressive vision for recentering US foreign policy at the core of a progressive platform, Senator Sanders has given voice to those of us who have always believed that our values don’t simply stop at the water’s edge.”

Quote of the Day

“The current model of the Democratic Party obviously is not working. Republicans control the House, the Senate. They control the White House. They control two-thirds of the Governors’ offices throughout this country… What we need to do is reach out to Independents.”

— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), in an interview on Meet the Press.

Sanders Responds to Clinton Accusations

Sen. Bernie Sanders brushed off the accusations in Hillary Clinton’s new book that his attacks on her during the primary made it hard for her to unify progressives, The Week reports.

Said Sanders: “Secretary Clinton ran against the most unpopular candidate in the history of this country and she lost and was upset about it, and I understand that. But our job now is really not to go backwards. It is to go forward.”

He added: “We need her help to go forward, let’s not keep arguing about 2016.”

Clinton Blames Sanders for Inflicting ‘Lasting Damage’

Hillary Clinton casts Sen. Bernie Sanders as an unrealistic over-promiser in her new book, CNN reports.

She also said that his attacks against her during the primary caused “lasting damage” and paved the way for Donald Trump’s “Crooked Hillary” campaign.

Clinton said Sanders “had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character” because the two Democrats “agreed on so much.”

Bernie Sanders Is the Democratic Frontrunner for 2020

Matthew Yglesias: “Amid a swirl of speculation about Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and practically everyone else under the sun as potential Democratic presidential contenders, most of the political class is ignoring the elephant in the room. Bernie Sanders is, by some measures the most popular politician in America, by far Democrats’ most in-demand public speaker, and the most prolific grassroots fundraiser in American history.”

“If he were 10 or 20 years younger, his absence from a 2020 cattle call held by the Center for American Progress back in May would have been glaring. As things stood, the whisper among everyone in the halls was simply that he’s too old and obviously won’t run.”

“But make no mistake: Sanders is the real 2020 Democratic frontrunner.”

Sanders and Wife Under Investigation for Bank Fraud

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his wife, Jane Sanders have hired prominent defense attorneys amid an FBI investigation into a loan Jane Sanders obtained to expand Burlington College while she was its president, CBS News confirms.

According to Politico, prosecutors might also be looking into allegations that Sen. Sanders’ office inappropriately urged the bank to approve the loan.

FBI Investigating Jane Sanders for Bank Fraud

Federal investigators are looking into allegations that Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) wife, Jane Sanders, falsified loan documents while she served as the president of Burlington College, The Hill reports.

“The small Vermont liberal arts school closed down in May 2016, after going bankrupt and failing to meet accreditation standards. Sanders has been accused of falsifying the information on the loan documents in order to expand the college grounds.”

Jimmy Carter Voted for Bernie Sanders

Jimmy Carter said that he had voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton, the Daily Beast reports.

At an event with Sanders where the Vermont senator discussed the high voter participation rates in this weekend’s French presidential election — and how that level of participation is essential for the U.S. — Carter quipped “Can y’all see why I voted for him?”

Sanders Says Thousands Will Die from GOP Health Bill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) slammed the GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan as “disgusting” and “immoral,” predicting that “thousands of Americans will die” if it becomes law, Politico reports.

Said Sanders: “That’s what this legislation is about. And it must be defeated. I hope there is enough sense among some of the Republicans to vote against it.”

What Should We Do If the President Is a Liar?

Bernie Sanders: “I happen to strongly believe in civil political discourse. The vast majority of people in Congress who hold views different than mine are not liars. It is critical we have strong, fact-based debates on the important issues facing our country and that we respect people who come to different conclusions. In a democracy people will always have honestly held different points of view.”

“But how does one respond to a president who has complete disregard for reality and who makes assertions heard by billions of people around the world that have no basis in fact?”