“You have a right to be angry when we are the only major country on earth that doesn’t provide paid family and medical leave, when we have more people living in poverty today than almost any other time in the history of this country,” Sanders told “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert on Wednesday night.
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Trump has embraced the notion that he’s angry with the way the country is being run, and Sanders conceded that many of Trump’s supporters are understandably responding to that part of his message. Many are working more hours for lower wages and question the America their kids will grow up in, he said.
“But I think what they have done is responded to Trump’s false message, which suggests that if we keep Muslims out of this country or if we keep scapegoating Latinos or Mexicans, that somehow our country becomes better,” Sanders said. “I think that’s a false solution.”
Voters can be angry, Sanders stressed, but they must also be pragmatic. “People have a right to be angry. But what we need to be is rational in figuring out how we address the problems and not simply scapegoating minorities,” he concluded.
Eliza Collins contributed to this report.