Bernie Sanders: Democrats Need to Move Beyond ‘I’m a Woman, Vote For Me’

bernie-sandersFormer Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told supporters in Boston Sunday that the party needed to deemphasize “identity politics” and make arguments beyond just “I’m a woman.”

The independent Vermont Senator diagnosed why he believed Democrats lost the White House and failed to win back the Senate and House. “The working class of this country is being decimated — that’s why Donald Trump won,” Sanders said, according to reporting from Boston’s WBUR.

“It is not good enough for somebody to say, ‘I’m a woman, vote for me.’ That is not good enough,” Sanders said. “What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industries.”

Sanders ran in the Democratic primary against the eventual nominee Hillary Clinton, who at several times throughout the campaign cited her gender as a reason Americans should vote for her.

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