Bernie Sanders plays to packed crowds wherever he goes. It’s an author’s dream, but Sanders, of course, isn’t merely an author. Sanders is ostensibly on a book tour — his Our Revolution was published in mid November, a week after Trump’s election upset. But what Sanders is really doing isn’t a book tour — it’s rallying the opposition to the Trump presidency, giving that opposition a voice and some organizing principles. He’s also giving the opposition real fighting words. Sanders’ criticism of Trump’s leadership has been caustic and pointed. The Vermont Senator has called the president “delusional” and a “fraud” and railed against Trump’s billionaires club cabinet.
On another book tour stop in Los Angeles this weekend, Sanders laid out the new political reality for the opposition, saying the old rules are obsolete. “If we play by the old rules, we will lose and they will win. Our job is not to play by the old rules,” Sanders told a sellout crowd, according to the LA Times. Sanders is telling the Dem faithful that they must not concede that Trump has a mandate. Sanders believes Trump’s economic promises, insincere to begin with, will fall flat — opening opportunities for Dems to persuade disgruntled Trump voters that progressive policies are better for their interests.