In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was asked about the appeal of former President Donald Trump (R) in the United States.
Senator Sanders’ response was through the lens of his supporters. He said that not all Trump voters are a “racist or a sexist or a homophobe,” but people who feel disenfranchised.
"I want the people of Australia to understand it's not because everybody who votes for Trump is a racist or a sexist or a homophobe. That is not the case. I think what you're seeing is that millions of people are hurting." - @BernieSanders #abc730 pic.twitter.com/wSV0fgJ6gz
— ABC News (@abcnews) January 29, 2024
“I want the people of Australia to understand, it’s not because everybody who votes for Trump is a racist or a sexist or a homophobe. That is not the case,” said Sen. Sanders. I think what you’re seeing is that millions of people are hurting, they’re suffering.”
He continued, pointing out the flaws of the American government and the issues that do not seem to be fixed.
“They’re working for inadequate wages in America. Our healthcare system is a disaster. Can’t afford to send their kids to college. Housing costs are off the chart, and they’re looking at the government. They’re looking at what Democrats and not much has happened to improve their lives.
“They’re hurting and they’re wondering if anybody hears them.”
However, Sanders’ comments were not without a negative jab at the former President.
“And not only in the United States but all over the world, you’re seeing demagogic type of characters like Trump saying, ‘I’m going to take on everybody, I’m going to represent your interests. Vote for me.’ And in America and around the world, that type of appeal is having success among working people,” said Sanders.
He concluded his statement with a proposal to deter Americans from “demagogic figures” and have faith in government again.
“The antidote to [the Trump appeal] is actually have a government that protects the interests of working families, and is prepared to take on powerful special interests,” the Vermont senator said.
Former President Trump currently holds over a 30-point lead in South Carolina according to FiveThirtyEight. Additionally, he holds nearly a four-point lead in the RealClearPolling average (+3.9%). He also holds polling leads in four battleground states. In some polls, he holds an 8% lead (Rasmussen) nationally.