Donald Trump received some surprising (and perhaps unmeant) support from two very important Democrat leaders on Monday, when both President Obama and Bernie Sanders pooh-poohed the idea of a Russian conspiracy getting Trump elected.
Sanders, inadvertently dismissed the Russia connection when he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that Donald Trump won because he was willing to be politically incorrect. Sanders argued that Trump, “said he will not be politically correct. I think he said some outrageous and painful things, but I think people are tired of the same old politically correct rhetoric. I think some people believe he was speaking from his heart and willing to take on everybody.”
When Hayes pressed Sanders for what he thought it meant to be “politically incorrect” Sanders responded by talking about trade policy and the scripted way in which politicians speak. Hayes took exception to Sanders’ definition of PC arguing that being politically correct was about not offending people with identity-based labels. Sanders struck back arguing that Trump wasn’t talking about the American people, he was attacking the media and that struck a chord with America because the media is out of step with the American people.
“One of the arguments as to why Trump won, is the belief that most or many of his supporters are sexists or racists or homophobes. I happen not to believe that’s the case. I think what he did do is he said, ‘You know what, there’s a lot of pain in this country, people are scared and people are worried.’ People are tired of status quo politics. He broke through that.”