Keynote speeches to DSA: 2007,
Vox: Sanders radical past
|Party||When||Relationship||Type of Party|
|Young People’s Socialist League||1960 – 64||Member||Socialist / Trotskyite|
|Liberty Union Party||1970 – 77||Chairman||Left libertarian|
|Socialist Workers Party||1980 – ?||Elector||Founded by Leon Trotsky|
|Democratic Socialists of America||? 2005–||Member, Keynote||Democratic Socialist|
During 2015, Clinton raised $18 million for other Democratic candidates, while Sanders did no fundraising for them at all.
“You don’t change the system from within the Democratic Party.”
“My own feeling is that the Democratic Party is ideologically bankrupt.”
“We have to ask ourselves, ‘Why should we work within the Democratic Party if we don’t agree with anything the Democratic Party says?’” At the Socialist Scholars Conference in New York City in April 1990. Politico
“I am not now, nor have I ever been, a liberal Democrat,” he said in a profile in New England Monthly. He said that in ’85.
“I am not a Democrat, period.” 1988
He says, “I am running as a Democrat obviously, I am a Democrat now.” Nov. 5, 2015.
He dubbed Dukakis “the lesser of two evils” as opposed to George H.W. Bush.
Politico: “He plays it both ways,” said former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin, a Democrat who once successfully fended off Sanders from the left in a reelection bid. “He wants to be different, and yet he wants to belong—for political purposes.”
Politico: Asked whether he still believed the party is “ideologically bankrupt,” Sanders answered by not answering the question. “I think what we have today is, I think, a Republican Party … ” Sanders shut down follow-ups. “That’s about it,” he said.
Politico: “Back in those days,” said Maurice Mahoney, the head of the Democratic Party in Burlington in the ’80s, “his goal was to destroy Democrats—certainly on the local level.”
Politico: Said Hamilton Davis, a longtime Vermont reporter and Sanders watcher: “They hated him, and he hated them—unreservedly.”