In North Texas, Sanders challenges Trump agenda
Sanders rallies voters in bid to revitalize Democratic Party
Calling for an end to corporate welfare and greater opportunities for the middle class, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stormed North Texas.
Calling for an end to corporate welfare and greater opportunities for the middle class, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stormed North Texas on Thursday to rally local voters against the agenda of President Donald Trump.
“We have to have an economy that works for all of us, not just the top 1 percent,” he said to a crowd of about 2,000 supporters at Grand Prairie’s Verizon Theatre.
The Vermont senator was in town as part of the national Come Together and Fight Back tour, in which he and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, deputy chairman of the National Democratic Committee, are visiting red and purple states around the country in a bid to mobilize voters and revitalize the party.
In Texas, Sanders was joined by National Democratic Committee vice chairman Michael Blake.
Backed by a huge Texas flag, Sanders said he would once again introduce legislation within the next several weeks that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He also pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, making public colleges and universities tuition-free and a tax-system overhaul that would require the wealthy to pay a proportionate share.
Other speakers at the event included state Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, as well as Carol Donovan and Deborah Peoples, the Democratic Party chairwomen of Dallas and Tarrant counties, respectively.
Texas’ Republican Party issued a statement from chairman Tom Mechler.
“These divided Democrats have no clear message or vision, which is why over 50% of Americans continue to have an unfavorable view of this Party,” it read. “Socialism has no home in Texas, and the Texas Democrats embrace of two avowed socialists will on-
ly push them further towards irrelevancy in our conservative state.”
Signs at Thursday’s midday event read “Texans for Bernie” and “Finally, A Reason to Vote,” and chants included “Bernie” and “This is what democracy looks like.”
Fort Worth retiree Jack Smith said he wasn’t surprised by anything Sanders said, having been a fan for years. The senator stands out in a political field in which voters don’t really trust either party, he said, adding that he came mostly to show his support.
“Just to let him know we’re still there for him,” he said. “He’s the most popular politician in America today.”
Sanders, a former presidential candidate, was in Grand Prairie as part of the national Come Together and Fight Back tour in red and purple states.
Tarrant County Democratic Party chairwoman Deborah Peoples holds up boxing gloves as she takes the stage.
Supporters wait excitedly for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to take the stage at Verizon Theatre.
Supporters cheered on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Grand Prairie on Thursday. About 2,000 showed up at Verizon Theatre.