Bernie Sanders Delivers Keynote Speech at People's Summit in Chicago

Lauren Perry
June 13, 2017

"Do not tell us that you are a friend of the working class when you throw 23 million Americans off of healthcare, and make devastating cuts to education, senior needs, nutrition, housing, and environmental protection".

The senator and former presidential candidate warned that, in addition, Trump has "nothing but disrespect for democracy".

Sanders struck a hopeful note, however, by recalling movements throughout American history that were able to turn things around.

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He listed numerous electoral victories that have already thrown a wrench in the works of the Trump agenda. More than half the audience stood up and applauded. Sanders interrogated Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget nominee Russell Vought about his Christian beliefs.

The speech comes almost a year after the final contest in the Democratic primary that launched his "political revolution", and in what many here consider the validating glow of a British election that saw leftist Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party score massive gains in the UK Parliament.

"But we also have to understand that Democrats have lost the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, Republicans now control nearly two-thirds of the governor's chairs throughout this country and over the last nine years, Democrats have lost nearly 1,000 legislative seats in states all across this country", Sanders said.

"The Democratic Party must finally understand which side it is on". He said the strong fight on the issues by the Labour Party in Britain was the reason it gained so many votes in the recent election there.

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