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Bernie Sanders joined Trevor Noah on The Daily Show Thursday night where he discussed Trump, uniting with Joe Biden despite their different opinions and why he believes he is popular among young voters.
Speaking with Noah the night the fourth and final virtual Democratic National Convention aired, in which Biden accepted the Democrat presidency nomination, Sanders wasted no time in addressing why it’s imperative President Donald Trump be voted off.
“Donald Trump, in my view, is the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” Sanders told Noah. “It’s not just that he’s a pathological liar, which he is. It’s not just that he has rejected science which, as you know, has resulted in the death of so many people in this country from the pandemic.”
He went on to describe Trump as “racist,” “sexist” and “a homophobe or a xenophobe.” “Donald Trump is working actively to undermine American democracy.”
As Sanders lends his support to Biden, he admits he still has opposing views from the former Vice President. However, Sanders emphasized that “coalition politics” is occurring in which “people with different points of view” are uniting for the same purpose: “To defeat Donald Trump.”
As for voters who may have grown “disappointment in many respects with the Democratic Party” because they feel the party has failed to “deliver the goods for you” and “whose policies in many areas have not been significant in terms of protecting working people,” Sanders says he understands the hesitation to vote Democrat. But he advised how important it was to remember the promises Trump made.
“You believed in Trump when he told you he was going to stand for the working families. He is a fraud and a liar and you got to see that,” he explained. “He told you that he would drain the swamp and yet he has appointed more billionaires to his administration any president in history. He told you he would provide health care to everybody. Trump is a liar. He will say and do anything to get elected but he is not to be believed and i think if you look at his record that becomes clear.”
Later on, Noah questioned Sanders on where he purchases his supplies. Sanders admitted he and his family are “not too big on Amazon.” “We mostly go to local stores,” he said. Though he believes the Apple iPad is “a very good product,” he notes it shouldn’t be forgotten that “an enormous percentage of the market” are controlled by technology companies. “I think we got to take a hard look about the need to break them up because we’re having such concentration of control in industry after industry.”
Though the focus continues to be on whether Trump or Biden will be elected president, Sanders addressed what priorities should be following the election, including mobilizing “working people to stand up for their rights” and formulating an “agenda.” “You can’t be yelling and screaming unless you know what you want to do. We need to guarantee that when so much work has to be done in America, rebuilding our infrastructure, child care, education, health care, climate change … tell the billionaire class they’re going to stop paying their fair share of taxes.”
After Noah questioned Sanders why he continues to appeal to young voters despite being an “old man,” as the late-night host quipped, Sanders acknowledged that he feels “closer emotionally to many of the younger people who are coming into Congress” such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Despite the fact we not only have an age difference, we come from different places… But we share a common belief in democracy and injustice and they are real people. They are authentic and I find myself feeling very comfortable around real people, not phonies,” he said.
He also encouraged young voters to vote despite no longer being in the running for president: “I know that many of you think politics is bullshit and you don’t vote, you don’t care. Please, please for this election you must must come out and vote. This is the future of America. It’s the future of your lives.”
Watch more of Sanders’ interview below.
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