Salon: Donald Trump’s progressive mandate: At least on economics, that’s not as crazy as it sounds
Trump voters are fed up with Republican trickle-down economics — and congressional liberals see a real opening
By Matthew Sheffield
There’s no question that Republican Donald Trump relied on support from people on the far right in order to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. But it’s also true that Trump’s victory was made possible by voters looking for economic policies preferred by progressives.
That theme is one that’s increasingly emerging from leading congressional liberals in light of Tuesday’s surprising presidential election results.
In a news release, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Hillary Clinton’s former rival for the Democratic nomination, argued that Trump’s victory was enabled in part by people tired of the neoliberal economics that have dominated both major political parties for decades.
“Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media,” Sanders said.
“To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him,” the senator concluded.