BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he is willing to work with Donald Trump on some issues but will not support some of his policies.
Sanders remained silent until Wednesday evening to comment on Donald Trump’s success of “tapping into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media.”
Sanders followed suit of other Democrats including President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to release a public statement about Trump’s win.
“People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids – all while the very rich become much richer.”
Sanders, who ran against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, publicly announced his support for her on the second day of the Democratic National Convention.
In his statement Wednesday, Sanders said the progressives will work with him for the greater good of the country.
“To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him," said Sanders.
Sanders decried the more controversial policies Trump has called for, saying "to the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him."
Hillary Clinton conceded the presidency to Trump in a phone call around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
She then addressed her supporters late Wednesday morning about her hopes for Trump.
"Donald Trump is going to be our president," said Clinton. "We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."