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Sanders ‘deeply humiliated’ that Democrats ‘cannot talk’ to white working class

As the Democrats continue to assess the state of their party after Donald Trump’s stunning win over Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday urged them to change the way they do business and to reconnect with white working class people.

“I come from the white working class, and I am deeply humiliated that the Democratic Party cannot talk to the people from where I came from,” he said on “CBS This Morning.”

“The question is, why it is that millions of white working class people who voted for Obama turned their backs on the Democratic Party, and I think a lot of people do not think the Democratic Party is standing with them. That has got to change.”


The senator from Vermont said the Democratic Party can no longer rely on a liberal elite, and a need for change is one of the reasons why he is backing Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman, Ray Buckley, is also considering a run for the position.

In the meantime, Sanders said he would work with President-elect Trump when the policies “will improve lives for working people,” but vowed to hold the Republican accountable.

Sanders would not rule out a run again in 2020, and said only that it was a “little early” to discuss the possibility.

Nicole Hernandez can be reached at nicole.hernandez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @NRHSJax.