First, a spokesperson for the independent Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate said Sanders had “nothing polite to say” following Trump’s Electoral College victory over Hillary Clinton.
Later on Wednesday, Sanders released his first full statement, acknowledging that Trump had tapped into the frustrations of everyday Americans while vowing to work with him to improve their plight. However, Sanders said, “To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.”
If Donald Trump takes people's anger and turns it against Muslims, Hispanics, African Americans and women, we will be his worst nightmare.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 10, 2016
In other election news, Trump met President Barack Obama for the first time on Thursday, at the Oval Office, where the pair discussed the transition to a Trump administration in January. The private conversation went for longer than expected and was reportedly cordial.
!! @pressSec on Obama calling trump unqualified: "The president's views haven't changed. He stands by what he said on the campaign trail"
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) November 10, 2016
If you were hoping for things to calm down, we have some bad news.