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Sanders: Trump Supporters Aren’t ‘Deplorables’

On Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held a town hall with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in Kenosha, Wisconsin to discuss the results of the 2016 cycle. Sanders came to national prominence during the 2016 Democratic primaries by tapping into the progressive section of the party, something Hillary Clinton failed to do in the general election.

Following Hillary Clinton’s stunning election defeat, many in the Democratic party attributed Trump’s victory to the support of racists. Hillary Clinton’s communication director even claimed that Trump only won because he provided a platform for “white supremacists.”

This is a notion that Sanders disagrees with strongly telling Hayes, “I happen to believe one of the arguments as to why Trump won is to believe that most of — or many of his supporters are sexist or racists or homophobes. I happen not to believe that’s the case.”

Sanders went on to say, “I think the answer is he said — and I think his main success story is all across the board, I will stand up to the establishment, whether it’s the political establishment, the media establishment, the economic establishment.”