In a wide ranging exchange of ideas, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I) sat down for an interview with comedian comedian and activist Sarah Silverman to do a postmortem on the 2016 election and discuss what circumstances led to the rise of Donald Trump and where progressives need to go from here.
Recorded at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, Sanders touched on how Trump tapped into a racist and xenophobic vein with some voters who are suffering economically in order to win, while hammering the ugly turn politics took in 2016.
Of particular note was Sanders saying U.S voters are turning over their government to billionaires.
“I worry very very much about the future of American democracy,” Sanders explained. “Because if you think Citizens United is bad, and it is horrendous, it is horrendous because it forces billionaires — it allows billionaires to be able to buy elections. You know what it also does? The good guys got to spend half of their life raising money, in order to respond to that. And at the end of the day what the Democratic Party is going to have to do, is that is better to have five million people chipping in five bucks a apiece then it is to go to the big money people.”
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GOP senator offended LDS community after likening Trump to a ‘selfless’ Book of Mormon hero: report
Politics and religion are colliding out west after comments a Republican senator made while stumping for the president.
"Sen. Mike Lee drew criticism from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this week after comparing President Donald Trump to Captain Moroni, a heroic and selfless figure in the Book of Mormon," The Arizona Republic reported Friday evening.
"To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him as Captain Moroni," Lee (R-UT) said, pointing to Trump. "He seeks not power, but to pull it down. He seeks not the praise of the world or the ‘fake news,’ but he seeks the well-being and the peace of the American people."
Al Franken warns voters Mitch McConnell ‘is not as charming as he looks’ on HBO’s ‘Real Time’
Former Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) showed off the sense of rumor that put him on "Saturday Night Live" during a Friday night appearance on HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher.
The two politically-minded comedians had a fascinating debate on what would happen if President Donald Trump refuses to leave office on January 20, 2021.
Franken said that would be a good thing, as it would mean Trump lost and would be escorted from the premises. Maher, however, had far less faith in America's institutions.
The two agreed to disagree on the topic.
Franken urged viewers to vote for Democrats in Senate races, warning that if Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remains in power he would block everything a potential Joe Biden administration might try to accomplish.
HBO’s Bill Maher takes on ‘Trump thugs’ and super-spreader rallies in final ‘Real Time’ before the election
HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher reviewed the latest news on the Friday night before 2020 election.
"Four days until the election," he noted. "As Stormy Daniels once said, 'Let's just get this over with!'"
He noted the huge turnout and said, "the Supreme Court said some of the votes may even be counted."
"Trump has not been this scared of the mail since the draft," he joked.
Maher also took on the "Trump thugs" and counseled voters on an obscene comment they could say to MAGA poll watchers.
The host also discussed Trump's super-spreader events and the COVID-19 outbreak in the White House.