Is Bernie Sanders harming the liberal cause? | The Tylt

Is Bernie Sanders harming the liberal cause?

Since the 2016 election, Sen. Bernie Sanders has spent more time attacking Democrats than opposing President Trump, and many liberals aren't pleased about it. Critics say the independent senator is putting his own interests ahead of the Democratic Party, and liberals should be united against Trump. But Sanders' supporters argue he is the best champion of progressive values out there and is under no obligation to toe the Democratic Party line. What do you think?

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Bernie Sanders has been angering Democrats for a long time, and his latest defense of President Trump's trade proposal is just another example of Bernie's unwillingness to unite with liberals against Trump. 

We need to fundamentally rethink our trade policies and move to fair trade rather than just unfettered free trade... So Trump is identifying a problem. Certainly China’s role in dumping an enormous amount of steel, not only in the United States, but all over the world, is very very clear. It has to be dealt with.

Sanders notably held his out State of the Union response separate from Democrats, was one of two senators to vote against Russian sanctions and defended Trump voters, arguing they are not racist, misogynist and xenophobic, but simply misunderstood.

In an op-ed for The New York Times titled "How Democrats Can Stop Losing Elections," Sanders argues the Democratic Party is failing in part because of its reliance on "wealthy contributors" and its inability to convince working families that they fight for them.

The Democratic Party, in a very fundamental way, must change direction. It has got to open its doors wide to working people and young people. It must become less dependent on wealthy contributors, and it must make clear to the working families of this country that, in these difficult times, it is prepared to stand up and fight for their rights.  

Many are asking: why is Bernie Sanders telling Democrats what do when he is not a Democrat himself?

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But Bernie's fans like him precisely because he is not a Democrat, and therefore not afraid to challenge party orthodoxy.

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Critics point out Bernie is not the standard bearer of progressivism.

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But according to FiveThirtyEight, Bernie is one of the more progressive senators when it comes to voting against Trump.

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Critics of Bernie still believe he is harming the liberal cause by constantly attacking Democrats.

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Some say Bernie puts his own self-interest above the good of the progressive movement. 

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But others point out Bernie has always championed workers, spoken out against income inequality and helped make Medicare for All widely accepted among Democrats. He is pushing the Democratic Party to the left, and that's a good thing.

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