Bernie Sanders lambasts ‘absolute failure’ of Democratic party’s strategy – Adam Gabbatt Last modified on Sunday 11 June 2017 04.52 EDT


Vermont senator hails the successes of the progressive agenda but says establishment Democrats are standing in the way of further gains

Bernie Sanders
Sanders’ speech was rapturously received at the People’s Summit in Chicago. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP

Bernie Sanders has criticised the Democratic party’s current direction as “an absolute failure” in a speech at the People’s Summit in Chicago.

Speaking to a crowd of 4,000 activists, Sanders hailed the “enormous progress in advancing the progressive agenda”, saying the increasing House and Senate supportfor a $15 minimum wage and the opposition to the Trans-Pacific partnership showed the success of the movement.

But the Vermont senator said that establishment Democrats were standing in the way of further progress.

“The current model and the current strategy of the Democratic party is an absolute failure,” Sanders said.

“The Democratic party needs fundamental change. What it needs is to open up its doors to working people, and young people, and older people who are prepared to fight for social and economic justice.

“The Democratic party must understand what side it is on. And that cannot be the side of Wall Street, or the fossil fuel industry, or the drug companies.”

Sanders’s speech was rapturously received at the People’s Summit, a gathering of some of the most influential progressive activists and organizations in the country.

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