Congressional Democrats should not automatically reject Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominees or vote against all of his policy proposals, according to Sen. Bernie Sanders
CNN reported that the Vermont independent, during a meeting with top Senate Democrats on Monday, advised them to resist the temptation to merely obstruct the president-elect’s agenda. At a CNN “town hall” event in Washington, Sanders accused Republicans of having employed that tactic during President Obama’s eight years in office. He said GOP leaders acted “shamefully and outrageously” in declining to hold hearings for Merrick Garland, the judge Obama nominated for the Supreme Court following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Sanders argued that with a Republican in the White House, Democrats should “do the right thing” by refraining from following the GOP’s example of “obstruct, obstruct, obstruct.” He explained: “I don’t think that’s what we do. I think where Trump has ideas that make sense that we can work with him on, I think we should.”
Regarding the incoming president’s top priority, repealing Obamacare, Sanders acknowledged there are “problems” with the health-insurance law. He added: “But we damn well aren’t going to see it repealed and have no replacement there at all.”
The senator also vowed to resist the president-elect’s hateful rhetoric. “I will tell you this: He ran a campaign whose cornerstone was bigotry. It was based on sexism, on racism, on xenophobia, and on that issue, I will not compromise,” Sanders declared.