Spike Lee And Bernie Sanders Reunite For Post-Election Conversation

Filmmaker Spike Lee and one-time Presidential hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders, discussed the post-election results in a new interview with The Guardian. The White Men Can’t Jump director discussed that he believed Hillary Clinton and her team celebrated her non-victory far too early.

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“You know I love sports,” he said.  “I’ve seen it too many times, when a team thinks they’ve got it all won, just wrapped up, and you see players go down the sideline and start celebrating, and then they reach the goal line and fumble…what do the great coaches always say? Keep playing until there is no time on the clock! And it seems to me the Clintons were celebrating before the day was up.”

Sanders, who has been vocal about his thoughts regarding a Donald Trump presidency, agreed with Lee. However, he suggested that the DNC is the real problem.

“No one can deny that Trump was holding three or four rallies a day, he was running all over this country, working 20 hours a day. And that’s the truth,” he said. “But I think that speaks to, Spike, something that goes beyond Hillary Clinton. It really goes to the very nature of the Democratic party.”

I think the DNC needs an entirely new direction,” he continued. “I think it needs leadership, and I think it needs to be very clear about the fact that it stands with working families and is prepared to take on the billionaire class and Wall Street, and corporate America, and the drug companies and the insurance companies.”

Spike Lee asks Mr. Sanders where the American people go after this controversial election, to which Sanders suggests that the Democratic party needs to come together for the people in order to really make a change.

“The hope is to understand that the Democratic party has stumbled very significantly in the last number of decades,” he said. “…the Republican party controls the Senate, controls the US House, controls something like two-thirds of the governor seats in this country, and that the Democrats have lost over 900 state legislature seats in the last eight years…Our party is not about having fancy fundraisers, it’s about going into union halls, veterans’ halls, farm communities, the inner cities. It has to bring people together around the progressive agenda and make government work for all of us and not the 1%.”

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Check out the entire interview here.