Sanders: Democrats should not approach 'racist, sexist, homophobic' right-wing voters

The senator said however Democrats had to withdraw 'millions of . working class' who couldn't afford health care or tuition

Democrats must stop trying to appeal to racist, sexist or homophobic voters on the far right even as their parties try to maintain thin majorities in both chambers of congress, progressive US senator Bernie Sanders said on Sunday.

Sanders' remarks came during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press after host Chuck Todd asked questions about efforts to woo Donald Trump's supporters, which include the white nationalists who helped launch the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol on the day Congress passed the first. Republican presidential defeat to Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

Todd said Sanders "made a big deal about wanting to attract Trump voters" in both the 2016 election Trump won and the 2020 election he lost and wondered if the Vermont senators still felt they deserved it.

"There are some extreme right-wing voters who are racist, sexist, homophobic - xenophobic," Sanders said. "No, I don't think you'll ever get it."

But Sanders said Democrats should sympathize with the “millions of … working class” who cannot afford health care, college tuition for their children or their prescription drugs. And he says one way to attract skepticism is to have the political will to punish the corporate greed of insurance companies, drug companies and Wall Street traders.

"Some of those people — I'm not saying all of them — are going to say, 'You know, I'm going to support the Democrats because in this economy, they're a lot more favored than the right-wing Republicans,' Sanders said. Sanders is an independent but votes in line with the Democratic agenda on Capitol Hill.

She recently wrote an opinion piece in the Guardian warning Democrats should not only focus on protecting abortion rights in this closing phase of the midterm election cycle, but also need to communicate a plan for the economic woes facing Americans that Republicans claim to care about. more about.

Sanders said his vote record clearly illustrates his opposition to a June US supreme court decision to remove federal protections for abortion, which most voters say should be legal in most cases, according to some polls.

The Supreme Court's ruling overturning national abortion rights established by the 1973 Roe v Wade case has raised concerns that judges could also target the abolition of same-sex marriage.

But Sanders said his party should also care about how six in 10 Americans live paycheck to paycheck. And he said Democrats should be more vocal about how they have better ideas than Republicans to remedy that reality, including through methods such as ending tax breaks, raising the federal minimum wage and even providing universal health care.

Democrats go into the midterms with an eight-seat advantage in the House. The Senate is evenly split but current Democratic vice president Biden Kamala Harris gave their party a tiebreak.

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