Senator Bernie Sanders has been given new life, it seems, by Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential race. The firebrand senator from Vermont is out touring to promote his new book, Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. But any Sanders book tour stop really doubles as a political rally. And despite Trump’s toppling of the Democrats, Sanders has a lot to cheer about this week. In fact Sanders and Trump (and Hillary Clinton) were on the same side in trying to crush the TPP trade agreement, and Sanders is claiming victory there after taking on “corporate America, the pharmaceutical industry, a majority of Congress and the President of the United States,” Sanders proclaimed.
That wasn’t Sanders’ only victory, either. Sanders was an early opponent of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which the Army Corp of Engineers denied a permit for this week — a huge and seemingly unlikely victory for the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters over the entrenched and powerful interests of the oil and gas industry. Sanders said: “We won because we stood strong, were smart in our tactics and fought for what the American people wanted. In defeating the Dakota Access Pipeline, we had to take on the entire fossil fuel industry and, once again, a majority of Congress.”