Bernie Sanders appeared on Monday night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, discussing what lessons the Democratic party should learn from the recent presidential election and encouraging voters to stay involved in the political process.
Sanders said that the Democratic party can’t continue to be run by “liberal elites,” adding that the party needs to “feel the pain” of the middle and working classes.
“The vast majority of the American people are on our side,” Sanders told Colbert. “Trump’s views are a minority. People do not think we should give tax breaks to billionaires. They do believe we should raise the minimum wage and have pay equity for women.”
Sanders also said that, because Trump is not an ideologue, the best-case scenario for a Trump presidency is that when millions of people tell him they want something, he listens.
The worst-case scenario? The people around Trump recognize that by having control of the House, Senate, White House, and Supreme Court, they can change the rules of elections forever by continuing to chip away at campaign finance laws and pushing forward legislation that makes it harder for people to vote.
With that worst-case scenario in mind, Sanders told viewers that they have to stay involved in the political process.
“Our job is to bring tens of millions of people together to say, ‘Number one, this country is not an oligarchy; it’s a democracy. Number two, you’re not going to split us up by attacking our Muslim friends or our gay friends or women, or anybody else,” Sanders said. “We’re going to stand together and fight for a government and an economy that works for all of us.”