Progressive Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has, of course, been one of the most outspoken critics of Republican President Donald Trump’s openly bigoted and in many ways genuinely crazy agenda.
To please his base of far-right white nationalist racists, President Trump has renewed his call for Congress to fund his proposed border wall on America’s southern border wall with Mexico. Sen. Sanders blasted the president’s border wall as something that would have “made sense back in the 15th century.”
President Trump, who appears to have taken our country hostage, has been willing to put the federal government into shutdown mode until his demands for border wall funding have been met. Trump has, predictably, been operating with the help of his Republican congressional enablers including Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Standing in stark opposition to Trump is Sen. Sanders, who discussed the government shutdown first in broad terms with CNN’s State of the Union host Jake Tapper, saying, “Let’s sit down and talk and, by the way, we can move very, very rapidly. What I want to assure the American people, there’s a lot more agreement on the stuff than people think. For example, we need to adequately fund the Department of Defense and obviously non-defense spending.” He went on, “We need to deal, after four months, with the fact that we have not yet done disaster relief. There are tens of thousands of people in Puerto Rico, people in Houston, Texas, who are still hurting from those hurricanes. How come the Republicans were so quick to move forward to try to provide huge tax breaks for billionaires? They addressed that issue in their tax bill.”
Host Tapper then inquired, “On the immigration issue. Would you be willing to vote for $20 billion in appropriations to build a border wall in exchange for a pathway to some sort of legal status for the Dreamers? Is that a compromise you’re willing to make?” Quipped Bernie, “It’s something. I think the wall was a great idea in the 15th century when the Chinese built the Great China Wall. I don’t think it makes a whole lot of sense now.” He added, “I’m willing to sit down in a room and do what the American people want and what the American people want is to provide legal status to the Dreamers and a path toward citizenship. Let’s sit down and do that — that has to be passed. Let me say this: if we allow Trump to get away with what he did, and that is repeal the executive order on DACA, and if the 800,000 people, young people, are subjected to deportation, this will be one of the ugliest stains in the history of the United States.” Are you glad Sen. Sanders is fighting for sanity amid the demented Trump era? Watch his full interview below: