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Friday, January 1, 2016

Trump Represents What's Wrong With America, While Bernie Represents What's Right

Robert Reich. (photo: Richard Morgenstein)
Robert Reich. (photo: Richard Morgenstein)



By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page
31 December 15
 
ernie is taking on Trump. On Sunday, during an appearance on “Face the Nation,” Bernie said he’d to a better job representing the economic interests of Trump’s middle-class and blue-collar followers, because Trump opposes raising the minimum wage and supports tax cuts for higher-income earners. At a rally Sunday night in Las Vegas, Bernie noted that “there are people out there, Donald Trump and others, who are attempting to do what demagogues have always done, and that is instead of bringing people together to address and solve the real problems that we face, what they try to do is tap the anger and the frustration that people are feeling and then divide us up. So we have a message to Trump and all the others out there who want to divide us up: No, we’re not going to hate Latinos, we’re not going to hate Muslims, we are going to stand together.”

Yesterday, Trump shot back on Twitter. “Strange, but I see wacko Bernie Sanders’ allies coming over to me because I’m lowering taxes, while he will double and triple them. A disaster!”

Bernie fired back, saying Trump is pushing “pathetic policies” designed to benefit billionaires such as Trump at the expense of misguided working-class voters who support him. “Being called wacko by a pathological liar like Mr. Trump makes me think he is getting nervous that the American people are catching on to his pathetic policies, which include giving hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to billionaires like himself while refusing to raise the $7.25 an hour minimum wage.”

Donald Trump represents everything that’s wrong with America, and with American politics. Bernie is the exact opposite.
What do you think?
   
Comments

+57 # computertooter 2015-12-31 16:00
You are right and that's why Bernie Sanders is going to be our next president.
 
-16 # dbrize 2015-12-31 16:57
Quoting computertooter:
You are right and that's why Bernie Sanders is going to be our next president.

Not unless he gets the nomination.

He'd better stay on point against Clinton. There will be plenty of time to take on Trump. This deflection toward Trump makes no sense.
 
+27 # Jim Rocket 2016-01-01 03:15
It makes a lot of sense. Hillary is unlikely to be able to get the Trump voters at all. If there is any kind of significant move from Trump to Bernie the Democratic Party will have to pay attention. They can only support Hillary is long as she is the frontrunner... If Bernie turns the tables and has a significant lead then the party will have to move to him or appear completely corrupt.
 
+26 # rural oregon progressive 2016-01-01 04:17
Quoting dbrize:
Quoting computertooter:
You are right and that's why Bernie Sanders is going to be our next president.
Quoting computertooter:
You are right and that's why Bernie Sanders is going to be our next president.
Not unless he gets the nomination.

He'd better stay on point against Clinton. There will be plenty of time to take on Trump. This deflection toward Trump makes no sense.
He will stay on point with Clinton... However, taking on Trump and calling him out as a liar gets an important response from Trump. The mainstream media gives far more attention to Trump, and almost none to Bernie. Trump responding gets reported, and in return, forces the media to cover Bernie. When Bernie gets covered, people start to pay attention. When people pay attention, they eventually may "get it"... Bernie is fully capable of taking on Clinton and Trump simultaneously!
 
+11 # hd70642 2016-01-01 06:59
really hope so we have not a sane and competent. president. since Kenedy
 
-28 # babaregi 2015-12-31 17:11
Trump (The Negotiator) said that Bernie made a critical error in not holding Clinton's feet to the fire over the email scandal.

He gave her a free pass on the issue during the debates.

She was justly relieved and very happy about that.

It was a big give-away during an important competition that may result in our next president being Hillary Clinton.
 
+46 # CL38 2015-12-31 23:50
I honestly think you're missing the point. Bernie treats people with respect unless they lie, cheat or misrepresent. He has no interest in taking advantage of bogus issues to win. He wants to win with integrity. That's exactly the kind of leadership we've lacked in politics and government for decades. I have great respect for the way he runs his campaign.

We've gone so far downhill thanks to the right, we've forgotten how to treat others with respect. My suggestion is to watch him and learn.
 
+7 # jdd 2016-01-01 06:52
Hillary does lie, telling us over and over that the assault on Benghazi was due to "a demonstration that got out of control in reaction to a u-tube video." She cheats, attempting to use her supporters at the DNC to deprive Bernie of his own voter lists. And she misrepresents, claiming that she has a plan for Wall Street that "goes farther than Glass-Steagall, " but not giving the details. Bogus issues? Her "no-fly zone" for Syria is a prescription for a speedy pathway to World War III. Deserving of respect? I think not.
 
0 # babaregi 2016-01-01 13:07
Quoting CL38:
I honestly think you're missing the point. Bernie treats people with respect unless they lie, cheat or misrepresent. He has no interest in taking advantage of bogus issues to win. He wants to win with integrity. That's exactly the kind of leadership we've lacked in politics and government for decades. I have great respect for the way he runs his campaign.

We've gone so far downhill thanks to the right, we've forgotten how to treat others with respect. My suggestion is to watch him and learn.
Bernie is re-thinking this:

http://qz.com/542417/bernie-sanders-isnt-so-tired-of-hillary-clintons-damn-emails-after-all/
 
+20 # tapelt 2016-01-01 02:33
It is well worth noting that after that "give-away" Bernie said what the American people really wanted to hear about were the issues, and he then said what he would do about him. Classic pivot to stay on message, just as they train you to do in campaign schools such as Leadership Institute.
 
+40 # CL38 2015-12-31 23:41
I respect --and celebrate -- that Sanders will not back down in pointing out Trump's incessant lies and macho bullying to lure angry working class voters.

Trump never expresses an honest or original idea or criticism. It's all about childish schoolyard retaliation. He co-opts valid criticism his competition levels at him and tries to turn it back on the other. "I see wacko Bernie Sanders’ allies coming over to me because I’m lowering taxes, while he will double and triple them. A disaster!”

Trump uses the same hate, fear and division that all republicans do. But unlike Republicans who fear Trump, Bernie isn't intimidated. Confronting the bully, pulling back the curtain to reveal the fraud that lurks underneath fake hair and make-up is the best way to challenge Trump lies and misinformation.

Bernie earns our vote every day by speaking truth and challenging those who don't! The best candidate we've ever had for President!

If you agree, if you have some time to volunteer, please get involved to bring justice, freedom and equality for all.
 
+29 # danireland46 2016-01-01 01:02
From such a source as Robert Reich the title of his entry to RSN says it all:"Trump Represents What's Wrong With America, While Bernie Represents What's Right"
Thanks Mr Reich
 
+32 # tapelt 2016-01-01 02:35
Bernie is a good example of what politicians need to be but usually are not. I hope that Americans realize what a rare treasure he is.
 
+23 # mikehz 2016-01-01 06:07
Bernie is the best candidate we've had for President in many many years. It's a crime that the press hasn't given him the coverage he (and his principles) deserve.

I hope attacking Trump brings the press coverage Bernie deserves.
 
+15 # DrD 2016-01-01 08:32
Reich left out the most relevant tweet by Trump in this exchange where he said wages in the US are too low, good jobs are too few! Bernie is driving the conversation and the media back to economic issues with this tactic - and even getting Trump to agree with him. Genius!

Bernie's working incredibly hard against almost impossible odds - but if we all pitch in we can help him make this happen!

 
+12 # diamondmarge7 2016-01-01 08:37
In order for BERNIE to win the nomination, he must have more delegates--othe rwise, the corrupt Debbie Wasserman Schultz wins her war with a thumb on the scale. We cannot let DWS win& shove SlickWillieShil larytheHawk down our Progressive throats. She'll start WWIII in a NY minute. The answer: take the pledge:go to www.citizensagainstplutocracy.org and pledge to write in BERNIE. The other part of the answer is to volunteer--phon e banking is the order of the day--to Iowa, NH, and later to SC. Knock on doors, write LTE, DO SOMETHING. Posting clever retorts alone ISN'T GONNA GET BERNIE to the nomination/Pres idency.
 
+1 # CL38 2016-01-01 13:50
agree with your comments except one: we don't want a republican to take the White House and complete the gop take-over to destroy the country.

With an outcry from voters to the DNC--and volunteer help, support and contributions from MANY MILLIONS, Bernie will be President.

In 2014, we saw the consequence of either not voting or not voting for Democrats--Repu blicans maintained the House AND TOOK OVER the Senate. Let's not go that route again and hand them the White House too. Imagine what the right will do with all 3 branches of government. Legislation they've consistently enacted in the South and other states will become the law of the land. Limited voting rights for blacks and the poor, prosecution to imprison women who suffer miscarriages or seek an abortion, debtors prison for the poor who can't pay bills.

If Bernie doesn't get the nomination--and I strongly think he will--please vote for Hillary, NOT FOR A REPUBLICAN TAKE-OVER.
 


+7 # tm7devils 2016-01-01 11:22
All of us, who think that Bernie is the best choice we have got(and we're correct), need to inundate Facebook with positive Website articles about Bernie.
I have, for the last few months, been forwarding the articles I find to Facebook using the 'Public' guideline...it' s a great way to reach the most people and counter MSM's failure to do its job.

FEEL THE BERN!

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