Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) made the case for a broader progressive push in an interview with MSNBC host Ed Schultz on Friday, saying his recent sojourn into southern states showed him there was still a Democratic base in a region usually known for supporting Republicans.
“I’ve been meeting with unionists, independents, progressive Democrats,” Sanders explained via satellite from Columbia, South Carolina. “And they are tired of being abandoned by the national Democratic party. They want some help, and they believe that with some help they can start winning in these conservative states.”
One cause for concern, Sanders explained to Schultz, was seeing many white, working-class voters in “low-income states” like Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina voting against their own best interest.
“These are guys getting hung up on gay marriage issues,” Sanders told Schultz. “They’re getting hung up on abortion issues. And it is time we started focusing on the economic issues that bring us together: Defending Social Security, defending Medicare, making sure that Medicaid is not cut, that veterans’ programs are not cut.”
Sanders was in South Carolina as part of a tour of southern cities in advance of upcoming budget negotiations he will be a part of, designed to help lawmakers avoid waiting until the 11th hour again before avoiding another government shutdown or risk sending the country into default. Schultz pointed out that nine of the Republican lawmakers tapped to be part of those talks voted against the bipartisan agreement to end the shutdown.
“How are you gonna work with them?” Schultz asked Sanders. “They were ready to allow the United States government — our country — to default on its’ debt.”
“You make the case that maybe — just maybe — they might want to be listening to what ordinary Americans are saying in overwhelming numbers,” Sanders argued. “And not listening to the Koch brothers and other billionaires.”
Watch Schultz’s interview with Sanders, aired Friday on MSNBC, below.
Raised fist in Canada may be one of the largest acts of solidarity with US protests against police violence
With protests against police violence gripping cities across America, multiple actions of solidarity have come from abroad.
A pilot in Canada took to the skies on Thursday for a large-scale act of solidarity.
The airplane tracking website FlightAware captured radar of the planes journey as a pilot drew a giant raised fist while flying over 150 MPH with an altitude that stayed under 1,500.
[caption id="attachment_1631392" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Plane with the tail number CGZPT drawing a raised fist in the air while flying above Halifax, Canada. [/caption]
Comedian Rob Delaney reveals why he hates Ivanka Trump and Mike Pence more than the ‘stupid bigot’ president
Comedian Rob Delaney offered the leader of the free world a profane greeting as his 74th birthday approaches.
"President Trump's birthday is coming up and there's no better way to wish him a 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY' than by sending him a personal video message," Trump's 2020 reelection campaign posted on Twitter. "Upload your video TODAY."
So Delaney did, shooting a video to the "stupid bigot" president.
"My birthday suggestion to you is just that you resign as president," Delaney posted in a video uploaded to Twitter.
"You f*cking sucked at the coronavirus response," he explained. "I mean, it was miserable and that's your fault personally and as a result, thousands and thousands of people died that didn't need to die."
Police seek public help identifying white man caught on tape attacking protesters
Police in Maryland are requestion help identifying an assault-suspect who was caught on tape in a shocking incident near Washington, DC.
"he Maryland-National Capital Park Police are searching for a man wanted in an alleged assault that happened on the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County on June 1," ABC-7 reported Thursday. "ABC7 is in touch with the group of people who posted video of the assault on social media (watch above). They say they were putting up flyers (photo of the flyers below) promoting justice for George Floyd near Dalecarlia Tunnel in Bethesda at the time."