Bernie Sanders defends democratic socialism

[Applause] today we have a demagogue in the White House who for cheap political gain is attempting to deflect the attention of the American people away from the real crises that we face and it said is doing what demagogues always do and that is to divide people up and legislate hatred they are women who refuse to give control it is my very strong belief that the United States must reject that path of hatred and divisiveness and instead find the moral conviction to choose a different path a higher path a path of compassion justice and love and that is the path that I call democratic socialism rich get richer they live longer lights while poor and working I do understand that I and other progressives will face massive attacks from those who attempt to use the word socialism as a slur but I should also tell you that I have faced and overcome these attacks for decades and I am not the only one an often lack adequate health care their life expectancy is the clock now let us be very clear while President Trump and his fellow oligarchs attack us for our support of democratic socialism they don't really oppose all forms of socialism they may hate democratic socialism because it benefits working people but they absolutely love corporate socialism that enriches Trump and other billionaires and that is our job 75 years later is to complete what Roosevelt started and that is why today I am proposing a 21st century economic Bill of Rights but in Madison Square Garden in front of a a Bill of Rights that establishes once and for all that every American regardless of his or her income is entitled to the right to a decent job that pays a living wage the right to quality health care the right to a complete education the right to affordable housing the right to a clean environment and the right to a secure retirement sectionalism war profiteering is these are my values and that is why I call myself a Democratic Socialist and its core is a deep and abiding faith in the American people to peacefully and democratically enact the transformative change that will create shared prosperity social equality and true freedom for all [Applause]

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