Now that the presidential election is over and Donald Trump is going to be the 45th President of the United States, there has been talking of conciliation and an attempt to bring the American people back together. As if they were ever together in the first place, and this election proved the deep divide will not be quelled through the rhetorical musings of those who helped to create that canyon. Bernie Sanders has announced he has no plans to attempt to work with Trump and didn’t even bother to offer him congratulations on his victory.
Sanders wrote a fiery statement in which he vowed to be a thorn in Trump’s side, while tacitly stating if Trump attempts to actually lead the nation to a place of prosperity he will work with him:
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.
It seems nearly impossible for Sanders to actually work with Trump. The two are ideologically opposed on nearly every issue except perhaps for the corporate greed on Wall Street. Both Trump and Sanders ridiculed the government’s friendly relationship with monied interests, but Sanders has spent his career fighting against those monster. Trump, on the other hand, has spent his career working with them to the detriment of the American people. If Trump were to turn an about face and suddenly change his tune it would be a surprise and remarkable turn of events, one of which we should not hold our breath in hopes of happening.