Ralph Nader applauds Bernie, slams Democrats dialing for Amazon and Goldman Sachs cash


Republicans and Democrats are both getting it wrong in Washington, according to Ralph Nader, the former presidential candidate and consumer advocate, who joined “Salon Talks” this week to discuss his recent book “To the Ramparts: How Bush and Obama Paved the Way for the Trump Presidency, and Why It Isn't Too Late to Reverse Course”.

Speaking about the Democrats, Nader told Salon’s executive editor Andrew O’Hehir, “They've lost the state legislatures, the majority [of] state governors, the House, Senate, the Supreme Court, and the executive branch because they're still dialing for dollars.”

The upside is that Nader is hopeful about progressive candidates, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who is running in New York, that refuse to accept corporate PAC money. “It's an encouraging trend,” Nader said. “They're called the insurgent progressives in Democratic primaries and some of them that have broken through are going to go to Congress.”

However, there are not enough Democrats who have distinguished themselves from corporate donors, and that’s a seemingly impossible cycle to break in Washington, according to Nader.

“Bernie Sanders made a great contribution, he showed you could raise $240 million in small contributions averaging 27 bucks. Do you think the Democratic Party entrenched in the Democratic National Committee, the old guard, would have learned that? They're still dialing for Goldman Sachs, they're still dialing for Walmart, they're still dialing for Amazon.”

Watch the interview above to hear Nader’s solutions for how liberals can move on from Donald Trump, his predictions for midterms, and why he thinks third parties like the Green Party are a necessary answer to America’s two-party system.

Plus, watch Nader break down why the 2000 election was not his fault. Instead, he blames Al Gore and the Florida Democrats who voted for George W. Bush.

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