Sanders’ remarks begin at 1:34:00
At a rally for the progressive PAC “Our Revolution,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) defended President Trump’s voters, dismissing claims they are bigoted or “deplorable.”
Though he had harsh words for the president himself, Sanders said those who think “the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and ‘deplorable’ folks” are wrong.
“I don’t agree, because I’ve been there,” he said, adding that the takeaway from 2016 was not that Trump won the election, but that the Democratic Party lost the election.
He said that with a proper progressive candidate, voters would not elect followers of the Republicans’ “right-wing, extremist party agenda.”
Sanders called for a “restructuring” of the Democratic Party ahead of the 2018 elections.
Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ former campaign manager and president of “Our Revolution” said on “Fox & Friends” that voters did not feel that the Democrats’ message resonated with voters in blue states that supported Trump.
However, Weaver stopped short of criticizing candidate Hillary Clinton when pressed by Pete Hegseth: