(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Friday that all Democrats no matter which candidate they support agree that they must defeat President Donald Trump, who he called “the most dangerous president in the history of the country” and “a man who will soon be impeached.”
“Tonight, all of us, no matter what candidate we are supporting, are in agreement that we must defeat the most dangerous president in the history of our country, a man who is a pathological liar, a man who is running the most corrupt administration in the history of our country, a man who does not understand the role of law, or our Constitution, and a man who will soon be impeached,” he said in a speech at the Iowa Democratic Party Liberty and Justice Celebration in Des Moines, Iowa.
“Now that is what we all agree on, but friends – and we are friends – let us acknowledge that we have some disagreements. At the end of the day, the Democratic Party of Iowa, Vermont, and of every state in the country have got to make a fundamental decision,” Sanders said.
“Do we continue in the status quo politics, which has enabled the wealthiest people in our country, the largest corporations and their lobbyists to have extraordinary influence over the economic and political life of this country? No is the right answer. Now that is where the Republican Party is and has always been, but as Democrats, it seems to me that we must chart a very different path,” he said.
“At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, the Democratic Party must become the party of the working class of this country, not a super PACs, not a corporate interest, not of their lobbyists. And in that regard, I am very proud to tell you that our campaign has received more campaign contributions from more people than any candidate in the history of presidential politics up until this point in a campaign,” Sanders added.
He thanked the “teachers, the waiters, the waitresses, the low-paid Walmart employees and Amazon workers and other members of the working class” who have supported his campaign “so strongly.”
The senator said “in order to defeat Trump and generate the voter turnout that we need, we need an agenda that speaks to the pain of so many of our working families.”
In addition to Medicare for all, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and making it easier for workers to join unions, Sanders called for universal pre-K, “significantly funding public schools,’ making public colleges and universities tuition free, and cancelling student debt.
“And when it comes to whether or not we save our planet, that is not a debatable issue. We will take on the greed of the fossil fuel industry. We will transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficient and sustainable energy, and yes, we will pass a Green New Deal,” he said.
Sanders also called for “an end to the war on drugs.”
“Together, we will reform a broken and racist criminal justice system. We will end the war on drugs. We will legalize marijuana and expunge the records of those who were arrested for possession of marijuana. Together, we will end a broken immigration system, move to comprehensive immigration reform and a path toward citizenship to the millions of undocumented immigrants,” he said.
“Together, we will codify Roe vs. Wade into law, and make certain that it is the women of this country who have the right to control their own bodies, not politicians. And together, we will stand up to the NRA. We will not be intimidated by the NRA,” Sanders said.
He thanked his former rival for the Democratic nomination Beto O’Rourke, who dropped out of the race on Friday, saying the former Texas congressman led the effort to “end the horrific level of gun violence we see in this country.”