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Bernie Sanders released a statement on working with President-elect Trump

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders released a brief statement via his website on Wednesday following Donald Trump's election as president of the United States.

Even in text, Sanders seemed his usual defiant self, continuing to stay on message about how the poor become poorer as the "very rich become much richer." 

Sanders said he is willing to work with Trump on policies that improve the lives of working-class families. However, Sanders also promised to oppose Trump should he pursue sexist, racist, or xenophobic policies. 

Sanders' statement reads as follows: 

"Donald Trump tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. 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."


"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. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him."

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