In an interview with the Associated Press, Senator Sanders did not rule out the possibility of running for President in four years.
At present, the general consensus is that if the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hadn’t rigged the primaries, Bernie Sanders would have won the Democratic nomination. In result, he’d likely be the United States’ next Commander-in-Chief. As it is, Hillary Rodham Clinton was chosen by the Committee and failed to beat her opponent, Donald Trump (for various reasons).
Now, America is faced with the reality of a Trump presidency, and many – particularly women, individuals who identify as LGBT, and minorities – are are fearing the worst. Perhaps one of the only positive developments of the election was that recreational marijuana became legally accessible to 15% more of the U.S.
Another positive result might be that Bernie Sanders is inspired to continue playing the political game to help unify the gap which exists in the Democratic party. In a recent interview, Sanders revealed what might be part of a long-term political strategy. The 75-year-old told the Associated Press that members of the DNC screwed up when they failed to address the corruption on Wall Street, as well as distance themselves from the “billionaire class”.
“You cannot be a party which, on one hand, says we’re in favor of working people, we’re in favor of the needs of young people, but we don’t quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class,” Sanders told the AP. “People do not believe that. You’ve got to decide which side you’re on.”
On Thursday, he reiterated his opinion on the matter:
He also left the possibility of a 2020 presidential run open.
“Four years is a long time from now. We’ll take one thing at a time, but I’m not ruling out anything,” he told AP.
According to Joshua Foa Dienstag, a political science professor at University of California, Los Angeles, it’s unlikely Sanders will run for President. He said the Senators’ age and his recent comments only allude to the fact that he wants to party to stay energized so it might rebuild. Dienstag explained,
“I don’t think many people believe that a 79-year-old Bernie Sanders will be a credible candidate for president. But he wants to have a strong say in who the next Democratic nominee will be and one way for him to do that is to lead the charge against Donald Trump.”
Donald Trump will be the oldest President to take office since Ronald Reagan, who was 69. If the business tycoon keeps most of his promises (and works to lessen the hate in the country which was largely inspired by his statements), he could do some good for America. After all, he won’t be taking any form of payment for his service as President. That in itself tells the populace that he cannot be bought.
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