Bernie Sanders: Donald Trump harnessed anti-establishment anger
Vermont senator vows to work with president-elect on helping workers but oppose him elsewhere, as demonstrations take place in cities across country. Bernie Sanders has acknowledged that Donald Trump managed to become US president by tapping into the anti-establishment anger of “a declining middle class” but said he will continue to challenge him.
As thousands of people crowded into streets in major cities to protest against Trump’s victory, Sanders, who defied expectations by running a close race against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, said he was prepared to work with the president-elect to help working families.
Live Donald Trump to meet Barack Obama at the White House – live updates
Barack Obama will host Donald Trump at the Oval Office as the US comes to terms with the prospect of Trump presidency
But the self-styled “democratic socialist” said he would “vigorously oppose” the “sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies” that featured prominently in Trump’s campaign.
Sanders, the senator from Vermont, reluctantly backed Clinton in her doomed bid for the presidency after a hard-fought Democratic campaign in which the two repeatedly clashed as he portrayed her as a member of a discredited elite.
Many commentators attributed Sanders’s popularity, particularly among young people, to anger at the establishment after the financial crash of 2008.