During a speech to thousands of activists in Chicago this weekend, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called the Democratic Party’s political strategy “an absolute failure,” and he pushed party leaders to begin promoting a more forceful populist economic agenda. I caught up with Bernie after his speech to discuss his renewed push for single-payer health care, his fight against Donald Trump’s administration — and his battle with some Democrats who say the party should not necessarily embrace a progressive agenda. We discussed whether it is time for a third party in America, and we chatted about what he had learned during his 2016 campaign about communities of color. We also discussed whether or not he thinks the Trump-Russia controversy is unduly distracting attention away from issues like economic inequality, healthcare and climate change.

 

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