A top Bernie Sanders adviser said Wednesday morning that he had “nothing polite to say” about Donald Trump’s win in the 2016 presidential election. But a Wednesday night statement on Sanders’s website almost sounded like a Trump endorsement.
There was, however, a big ‘but.’
“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and establishment media. People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes, and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids — all while the very rich become much richer.
To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him.
To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”
A change of heart for Bernie?
Just last month, Sanders called Trump “dangerous” and “un-American.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has called Trump a “thin-skinned racist bully,” offered the president-elect a peace treaty of sorts, saying she’s ready to “put aside our differences” and “work with him” on “rebuild[ing] our economy for working people.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls for truce with President-elect Trump pic.twitter.com/TGDmacMY8d
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Hillary Clinton on Wednesday also sounded a conciliatory tone.
“We must accept that Donald Trump is our president and we must work with him. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”
Trump, whom Barack Obama has called “uninformed and outright wacky,” was scheduled to meet with the president at the White House on Thursday. To be a fly on that wall, huh?