Who Is Bernie Sanders? Senator Responds To Trump State Of The Union Address

Updated on January 31, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

Junior U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders
Junior U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders | Source

Longest-serving independent in congressional history

Bernie Sanders has served the public as a politician since the early 1980s, first being elected as the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, as an independent, where he served four terms. Though he currently sits as an independent, Sanders ran in 2016 Democratic primaries where he was defeated, some say unfairly, by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who went on to lose to Republican Donald Trump.

During his 2016 presidential run, Senator Sanders was noted for his ability to raise over $200 million in campaign financing, mostly from small, non-corporate donors, as reported by OpenSecrets.org. The organization characterized the seemingly wildly popular politician.

"What most distinguishes Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from other presidential candidates is the fact that he’s a self-identified democratic socialist and represents his state as an independent, not a Republican or Democrat (though he caucuses with the Democrats). Sanders has concerned himself with middle class issues, the growing wage disparity and promoting renewable energy sources. Before winning his Senate seat in 2006, Sanders served in the House of Representatives for 16 years, making him the longest-serving independent member of Congress in history."

Even though he hasn't formally announced a 2020 presidential run, a recent poll featured by CNN saw Bernie Sanders beating Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2020 match-up, 55 to 42 percent.

In response to the president's January 30, 2018 State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, Senator Sanders was recorded sharing his thoughts.

The senator gave credit to the president for the current strength of the U.S. economy. Sanders pointed to record-low unemployment and soaring equity markets as evidence.

"That's the good news," Bernie Sanders said with frankness. "What President Trump failed to mention is that his first year in office marked the lowest level of job creation since 2010."

He continued by underlining the fact that, since March 2017, the three most wealthy people in the United States saw their worth increase by "more than $68 billion."

"Three people: a $68 billion increase in wealth," the senator boomed. "Meanwhile, the average worker saw on increase of $0.04 an hour."

He continued, shining light on Donald Trump's past plans to "throw 32 million people off of the health care they had." Sanders took particular exception with the president simultaneously "raising premiums for older Americans."

Average worker up $0.04 per hour

'Wall Street thievery'

The senator explained that, while the Democrats have been able to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, three million fewer Americans have healthcare coverage, since the president took office.

Bernie Sanders again lauded the president, however briefly, and acknowledged his address words about the fact that Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any other nation in the world.

"Yet, he has done nothing to allow Americans to purchase less-expensive prescription drugs from abroad or require Medicare to negotiate drug prices, which he promised he would do when he ran for president."

The New York native railed President Trump's tax legislation as bestowing 83 percent of its benefits upon only 1 percent of the U.S. population, adding $1.7 trillion to the deficit, and raising taxes for 92 million people.

"As president, not only has Trump not taken on Wall Street," Sanders was serious. "He has appointed more Wall Street billionaires to his administration than any president in history."

He went on to explain how the president has moved to "repeal the modest provisions" of Dodd-Frank legislation, which provide consumers with protections from "Wall Street thievery."

Sanders then held up that fact that President Trump's speech did address the plight of dreamers; he also held him accountable for causing it by repealing former President Barack Obama's executive order, in September 2017.

"We need to seriously address the issue of immigration, but that does need mean dividing families and reducing legal immigration by 25 to 50 percent," Sanders was adamant.

He then discussed the president's seeking of $25 billion in funding for a much-debated border wall with Mexico that he promised the southern-U.S. neighbor would pay for, while $1.5 trillion is needed to fund "crumbling" U.S. infrastructure.

"What Trump wants to do is to encourage states to sell their infrastructure to Wall Street, to wealthy campaign contributors, and even to foreign governments," Bernie Sanders said of the current administration's plans.

Who is Bernie Sanders?

© 2018 Stephen Sinclair

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  • bradmasterOCcal profile image

    bradmasterOCcal 3 weeks ago from Orange County California

    Democrats have been able to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, three million fewer Americans have healthcare coverage, since the president took office.

    B: Did these three million want or need healthcare because Trump took out the mandate.

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    Bernie Sanders again lauded the president, however briefly, and acknowledged his address words about the fact that Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any other nation in the world.

    "Yet, he has done nothing to allow Americans to purchase less-expensive prescription drugs from abroad or require Medicare to negotiate drug prices, which he promised he would do when he ran for president."

    B:

    This is his first year, and the prescription drug prices reflect the previous presidents, and congresses, not Trump.

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    The New York native railed President Trump's tax legislation as bestowing 83 percent of its benefits upon only 1 percent of the U.S. population, adding $1.7 trillion to the deficit, and raising taxes for 92 million people.

    B:

    This again is the result of the previous presidents and congresses. The internal revenue code has all the loop holes for the rich, and that is why there is such unequal distribution of wealth in the US Sadly Trump stayed with the Income Tax.

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    "As president, not only has Trump not taken on Wall Street," Sanders was serious. "He has appointed more Wall Street billionaires to his administration than any president in history."

    B:

    Again these billionaires were created by the previous presidents and congresses. We will have to see what happens during the next three to seven years. Did any other president take on Wall Street. GW Bush and Obama caved in to Wall Street and didn't help the victims in 2008.

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    He went on to explain how the president has moved to "repeal the modest provisions" of Dodd-Frank legislation, which provide consumers with protections from "Wall Street thievery."

    B:

    Again, this is the first year, and let it play out. The previous economies ended in 2008 hitting bottom.

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    Sanders then held up that fact that President Trump's speech did address the plight of dreamers; he also held him accountable for causing it by repealing former President Barack Obama's executive order, in September 2017.

    B: DACA EO was a bad deal, and it showed that the Democrats don't care about America or Americans as they shutdown the government for illegal aliens. What did they do for America, and Americans and legal immigrants?

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    "We need to seriously address the issue of immigration, but that does need mean dividing families and reducing legal immigration by 25 to 50 percent," Sanders was adamant.

    B:

    DACA, chain migration, and the lottery system are all bad. They are a burden on the US Taxpayer. And Trump more than doubling the democrats DACA numbers was a major concession, but the democrats don't want to give anything in return.

    We need the new legal immigration to be based on merit. Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for the country. JFK.

    Even Bill Clinton when he was president was in agreement on immigration and illegal aliens with president Trump. And president Obama was totally opposite of Bill Clinton on illegal immigration.

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    He then discussed the president's seeking of $25 billion in funding for a much-debated border wall with Mexico that he promised the southern-U.S. neighbor would pay for, while $1.5 trillion is needed to fund "crumbling" U.S. infrastructure.

    B:

    The crumbling infrastructure again is the result of all the previous presidents and the congresses. Ad for the Border, it is needed for national security, stopping illegal drugs, contraband, human trafficking, and keeping out criminals.

    Each year the Drug Cartel passes over twenty billion dollars worth of illegal drugs, Those drugs are eagerly purchased by Americans. This leads to drug addiction, suicides, drug over doses, and criminal activities to buy drugs they can't afford. Half of the gun deaths in the US each year are from suicides. Suicide is the bigger but untouched issue, being ignored because of gun control. Suicides won't stop because guns are only one method of suicide.

    The Drug Cartel, gangs like ms 13 have infested the US because of their drug business. This has indirect costs to the country that could be reduced with the wall. And look what 19 terrorists did on 911, do we really want to make an open border their easy way to get in the country, maybe carrying one of the nuclear weapons being developed in North Korea, or Iran or even Pakistan.

    So cheap labor from illegals isn't cheap when it comes with free education, free medical, welfare, and other freebies. There are enough legal immigrants that are doing the same work.

    The cost of jailing illegal aliens that commit crimes in the US, and Drug Cartel and Gangs that get caught committing felonies in the US is expensive. And the jails and prisons in the US are overfilled with about two million prisoners.

    There many indirect costs to the US taxpayer that Bernie Sanders ignored here.

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    B:

    Finally, this is president Trumps first year, and all of these problems and issues have been around for decades, and this year the democrats have sat on their butts not doing anything but resisting the president, and shutting down the government, not for America or its people, but for the illegals coming across our open border.

    It is not fair or reasonable to pin these issues on Trump. Yes, he inherited them but he didn't creat them. He is working the list of what he inherited, but the democrats need to do their share. They haven't done anything to help the country, so why are they even here. Just to criticize the president that has to do it by himself.

    Sanders and democrats need to either stop criticizing the president when they don't help, or they can help and work together to make America prosper.

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    BTW, what position does Bernie have to criticize president Trump, when he dropped out of the primary when he was gaining on Hillary. He left all of his supporters dumped on the side of the rode. He is now worried about the illegal alien dreamers, but he intentionally chose to burst the dreams of his supporters.

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    bradmasterOCcal 3 weeks ago from Orange County California

    Hillary LOST the election but won the popular vote. And at the same time HRC and the democrats tell us that Russia and Trump influenced the election. Well, the three million more votes for Hillary are all in California, I guess the election influence didn't go coast to coast.

    The democrats even tried to get the EC to change their votes from Trump to Hillary. The only way to win the presidency is having more than 270 EC votes. Hillary had only 231 she Lost big as Trump had 304.

    Bernie is a socialist, and that means no one but the rich are rich, and everyone pays for those people that don't work.

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    Angel Guzman 3 weeks ago from Joliet, Illinois

    I voted for him in primary. I'm surprised he did as good as he did and it's frustrating the nomination was tilted against him.

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    Shyron E Shenko 3 weeks ago from Texas

    This is a great read. Hillary won the election but lost the seat to the Electoral College. Bernie would have made a great President. I am for anyone who will speak truth to power.

    Blessings friend

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