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on and on that those. they tried to say that isn't quite true. that is a very different could take. >> i am looking for a question that someone asked to fall a lot of that which is something like what if in the heck happened flecks or a third grader asks why did so many people vote with four donald trump of that is the case greg. >> i tried to cover that in my earlier remarks and be clear fare are people in america who are racist, there are people who are sexist and homophobic and saw in those very ugly remarks they saw somebody they felt comfortable with but i will also say that i believe those people are a
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very small minority of people who voted for mr. trump pdf the fact that there are millions of working class people people who wore hurting with some of those studies that have recently come out in many parts of this country working class people are seeing a decline in life and expectancy unprecedented around the world you are seeing people were leaving -- living shorter lives than their parents that leads to drugs and go call. people are hurting they worry about their children. they're making 10 or $12 an
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hour and they're not going anyplace and are worried the kids could do worse and worried when they get home. donald trump says i hear you and i alone know how the system works i can improve your life of belote of people give up on the democratic party to stand up for working people and set i will go with him but do not forget as he enters of lighthouse as the least popular person in this position in the history of the country with this sexist attacks and his racist remarks i think a lot of people out of desperation say i am writing and i am in pain he will do something for me i will give him a shot. [applause]
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>> i thought that study explained all lot about this election and the authors refer to them of the working class of despair. but first i have to give a shout to megan. today is her 21st birthday [applause] she skipped the happy hour where she could have had a perverse legal drink laugh laugh and she asked of question the way that she wrote it and said there are so many people who say young people are only activists because they're only millenials and think it is cool so how did you combat
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this when you were 21? what advice word you give to west and there was a whole stream of questions about what do we do now about the election of donald trump? in den in your remarks tonight you talked about how you look forward to working with trump and but then criticized him for naming his race season but there is a very strong fear in the progressive community to normalize trump at all of from an authoritarian streak berger a really courageous russian wrote a piece last week about autocracy and how autocrats very slowly make us think the abnormal in is normal harry reid says been very vocal to say he has to
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win our confidence. how does working with him fit with the need to resist normalizing? and what do you tell all of the people out there who ask what do we do? >> i will start off with megan to say as it tried to suggest early on every person out here is enormously powerful if you are prepared to use your power. and in a democracy we are strong with people that will fight back and we are weak when we do not do that. so what i say to everybody here that the majority of the people in this nation they are not sexist or almost fauves.
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if we stand together mr. trump cannot implement policies that are racist or sexist or homophobic. second, what we also have to recognize and what trump his about that media inside the beltway janata understand is there are millions of people who are hurting. so we will say to mr. trump's use said throughout the campaign you would take on wall street. but now wall street advisers are flocking to your campaign. will you be a hypocrite? you said you would rebuild the infrastructure to bring millions of jobs. so our job is when he comes up with ideas that make sense to the working people people, i think we should be working with him. when he is racist and sexist and homophobic we will be vigorously in opposition.
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with climate change there is no compromise. [cheers and applause] but mostly getting back to the democratic party, ordinary people have got to know that the democratic party has the guts to stand up to some very powerful people today whose greed is destroying the middle-class and working-class of the country. if we cannot do that i.o.c. much of a future for the democratic party. [applause] >> i want to pass along the canadian party is looking for a new leader could you
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propose yourself? and internship question mark with a phone number. [laughter] and there were a lot of questions about what democrats should do about the supreme court vacancy. arm writer recently said that democrats should oppose any nominee that trump makes with the illegitimate nomination so what do you think about at and what will democrats do no? now you are in leadership? [cheers and applause] >> i can only speak for myself but they make a very good point. the republican party has been extraordinarily arrogant, the idea that they
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would not even hold a hearing when this is crystal clear that our constitution provides for the president to nominate an individual of the supreme court justice. and the senate hold hearings about whether and now they will approve the individual and republicans refuse to abide by the constitution. if they think we will bring forth our person expect you to go along with the hearings that they have another thing coming. >> but obviously it is important but it is far more important at the grassroots
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level and as country and in the title is something that i take very seriously. so whether the supreme court to refight against bigotry or climate change our goal is to bring millions of people together republicans are anything's but especially with regard to young people they see millions of yen people demanding action on climate change in demanding the energy system is transformed , if they say we do not want to leave college $100,000 in debt if they are prepared to stand up to the working people can demand minimum wages of living wage
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if we will demand a pay equity or if we are prepared to fight for a woman's right to choose. [cheers and applause] is no secret. cable control the presidency in the house then the senate into a third of the state legislatures that is the fact. our job is to take politics outside of capitol hill. that is to mobilize people. and if the republicans like mitch mcconnell look around to say we can move entire generation of young people then we have to become more reasonable in our approach for our believe we can do that but they need to stand
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up and fight back. >> so you have spoken over and over about the corruption of the political system and the power of political money in the young people have voted against the republicans the past four elections in a row. people have mobilized on climate change. so how can this penetrate? with a series of questions on the links between protest politics in the movements against donald trump and other forms of political action? howdy we answer that? if that is true there should have been some movement from the republicans quite a while ago. >> the political difficulties that we have and this frightens me very much initiative right in every american, is that we
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are rapidly losing our american democratic traditions. by that i mean in vermont we have town meetings they yell at each other one-person one-vote. now what bc been is citizens united supreme court decision the ability of billionaires' to buy elections. let me be very clear mitch mcconnell and many republicans believe that citizens united did not go far enough. they think we should end all campaign finance restrictions limitations and billionaires' should get directly not independent expenditures but if you want to run the coke brothers will say here is $1 billion we will support your campaign for presidency and gave you the staff he will
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work for russia or a paid employee of the coke brothers. but number to deal with the republican and voter suppression all over the country. [cheers and applause] i just spoke with the jesse jackson today he is deeply concerned about north carolina and elsewhere were very intentional efforts as you know, from republican governors and the attorney general to make it harder for people of color for people to vote. we have a lot of work on our hands. it is a not easy to sell when to demonstration yesterday paroles to not change david giving up that is not the way it happens. player 728 historical context think of this struggle of 100 years ago that the pollsters went through to gain dignity on
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the job to form the unions. think about what women with proof for a very long period of time in order to get the right to vote and to have an education or the job that they wanted. some women died in the struggle when congress strikes, ended up in jail. think of the struggle of the gay community decades and decades they fought with their straight allies in order to receive to make sure people have the right to marry someone regardless of their gender. change does not come easily. we are in a struggle in vienna struggle against barry very powerful people who wanted all. that is the bad news but the good news is there's a lot more of less than there are of them. we have to be smart and figure that out. [cheers and applause]
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>> there were two questions in the pack that people may be interested, what did you think of larry david and how he plays you on saturday night live? if you were stuck on a desert island with three politicians, who led you pick? but would you want to be? but larry david? >> i have to tell you this. i am larry david. [cheers and applause] i fooled you. sanders is back in vermont and i am here.
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you fell for it. for the. >> i have already met bernie sanders wanted to meet wherry david. >> to go one saturday night live now lot of people know you did not know you before. [laughter] he is a brilliant comedian it is a little bit scary watching him do be and he does need better. [laughter] but with the second question before i ran for mayor, i was doing a video that i probably would not have done in my life was to talk about political figures in our history that were wiped out that the media does not talk about very much. and the or extraordinary
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people throughout history who done remarkable and courageous things. i did a video about one of the great people called eugene -- [applause] i would be surprised if the rest of the american people knew him. but yet he was one of the original great leaders of the american working class to '04 on the american railway union and put them into one large union. to develop a program with the socialist party six times including ones from a jail cell because he opposed world war i and was sent to jail the he had votes from a jail cell. also from the historical perspective coming he was extraordinary i would not
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spending -- mind spending time on an island with him. be other person everyone has heard of but doesn't appreciate his strength and genius is martin luther king, jr.. but what the media has done with him over the years is to say she was brave and great and help to break down segregation in this house to bring the voting rights act. what they do not tell you and try to erase from the history is that when he was assassinated he was not on a civil-rights demonstration'' of'' but helping bridge workers in memphis tennessee . who were really working for
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terrible wages and in terrible working conditions. she was also in the process of putting together the poor people's election that was black and white sandy americans and latinos, pork people demanding changes instead of spending unlimited sums of money on the military to make sure they had health care. the point that i am trying to make is a few lookit his life you understand he was extraordinarily courageous standing up to the establishment. but they said you're a great civil rights leader he said thank you but no thank you i oppose the war in viet nam. they did not want to hear that. then he said icing we need to change our national parties to take on the wealthy and powerful. they did not want to get that as well.
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so this was a man of great courage and magnitude that have been spent time with him on a desert island. >> what did you make of the russian intervention in this election and the fbi? it is odd to put those together where. >> is. i will speak to more than what i know but i think it's harder of the end of the campaign no question the few days before the election they decided there is nothing new. the whole situation of cybersecurity what we think the russians have done raises unbelievable issue of
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whether or not anything we have online is private and secure. of medical records, banking records, e-mail's, and brcs beginning to think that is the case. and makes me think above and beyond russia '02 have legislation to catch up with exploding technology to ensure privacy of the american people. [applause] >> but to other issue questions that came up belote is neither is surprising that what can be done about the electoral college and also gerrymandering and how can obamacare be defended and
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ultimately expanded? >> i will start with the second with some of my democratic friends, i voted for in the affordable care act with the obamacare in the grain expanded community health centers but the and the day the question is simple, doesn't happen we're the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care as a right? or despite 20 million people having no health insurance cover we end up spending far more per capita on health care that those outcomes are not better than other countries? we have a health care system basically dysfunctional.
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i have to believe we have to move toward david care for all, a single payer program. [cheers and applause] in terms of the electoral college, hillary clinton at the end of the day may be 2 million more votes than mr. trump the issue will not be the president of the united states. on the surface it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. but on top of that you have the absurdity that i can tell you firsthand that this entire campaign was laid out of 15 or 16 states with the assumption california and vermont are democratic you don't have to worry, wyoming and south dakota republican republican, don't detention
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to the needs of the people and those states whaling dozen have candidates coming there, vermont, california the largest is ignored politically so i think we have to rethink old electoral college. we should not have a campaign were two-thirds of the states are ignored every vote matters from california to wyoming a candidate should have to go after every one and that would create a better democracy than what we have right now. [cheers and applause] >> we have time for two more questions. >> i will ask one question
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from the pack and then my own. respect to what we have hit on all the way through personally i think is more important than ever for everyone of you to stay engaged in policies. been really need you now. [applause] but short-term give people advice about how to wacked between now and the inauguration and how to build a lasting movement. giving the attacker of the acquired -- the 10 or of the crowd will you run in 2020? [cheers and applause] pdf.
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>> i think after what appears to be a never ending campaign of 2016 last thing you baird and people or read about is who will run in 2020. the first question is more important. what do redo? this is what i think we do. we make it clear that as a people we will not accept for one second bigotry of any kind, racism, sexism kind, racism, sexism, islam of phobia, as xenophobia or xenophobia and we will not sit by to destroy families and support millions of people. we will not supply and allow them to have been. second come on issues like
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rebuilding a crumbling middle-class to deal with climate change to transform the energy system, we have to mobilize people around progressive politics. here is the good news right now. live vast majority of the american people, not the republican leadership believe we should raise the of minimum-wage at a living wage when mean mobilize millions of people to make the of the warehousing of the leadership of the house and understand at to understand the reality. climate changes tough because it puts campaigns and opposition to transform the energy system. but this is where we will have to mobilize like crazy so in my view the future of
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the planet is at stake and we must transform the energy system. [cheers and applause] specs senator sanders and thanks to this extraordinary crowd. never surrender to indifferent or to fear. [cheers and applause] . . [cheers and applause]
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