By Bri Griffith
Who is Bernie Sanders? What does he have to say?
Sanders is a Democratic candidate for president of the United States, and he identifies as a Democratic Socialist. A lot of people are asking: What does it mean to be a Democratic Socialist? To put it simply, it refers to creating and supporting a government that distributes wealth more evenly.
It reads on his official website, “Bernie has fought tirelessly for working families, focusing on the shrinking middle class and growing gap between the rich and everyone else.”
Sanders believes in the phrase “people before profit.” It’s a fact that 99 percent of the world’s wealth belongs to the top 1 percent of the people. Sanders recognizes this as an issue, and wants to do something about it.
The first Democratic debate aired Thursday, Oct. 13, 2015. Below are five points made by Sanders:
“Let me say something that may not be great politics, but I think the secretary is right, and that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
–on Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.
“Do I consider myself part of the casino capitalist process by which so few have so much and so many have so little by which Wall Street’s greed and recklessness wrecked this economy? No, I don’t. I believe in a society where all people do well. Not just a handful of billionaires.”
“I suspect I would vote yes.”
–on Nevada’s measure to legalize marijuana.
“Black lives matter. The reason those words matter is the African-American community knows that on any given day, some innocent person like Sandra Bland can get into a car, and then three days later, she’s going to end up in jail. Or her kids are going to get shot.”
–in response to Anderson Cooper asking, “Do black lives matter, or do all lives matter.
“I believe, and Pope Francis made this point, that this is a moral issue.”
–on climate change.