The Vermont senator succeeded where many Democrats have failed of late—by connecting with red-state voters.
Sen. Bernie Sanders hosted a panel discussion in McDowell County, West Virginia, Monday night on MSNBC’s “All in With Chris Hayes.” And as he did in his Kenosha, Wisconsin talk earlier this year, Sanders succeeded where so many Democrats failed this past election cycle—by connecting with red-state voters.
Here are five of the evening’s more remarkable moments.
1. Taking on Trumpcare
Sanders reiterated his message from last week, when the GOP’s Obamacare “replacement” plan was first unveiled.
“The Republican bill, it should not be seen as a health care bill, because throwing millions of people off of health care [is not] health care legislation,” Sanders explained. “What it should be seen as is a huge tax break for the wealthiest people in this country.”
West Virginia voted Republican for nearly two decades. But Sanders’ message could turn the state blue again. After all, President Obama won McDowell County in 2008 by over 10 percent. And Sanders won all 55 of the state’s counties in the primary.
“At a time when we have a massive level of income and wealth inequality, this legislation would provide, over a 10-year period, a billion dollars in tax breaks to the top 2 percent. So when people tell you we don’t have enough money to invest in McDowell County or rebuild our infrastructure, nationally… don’t believe them,” he added.