Sen. Bernie Sanders understands something that mainstream liberals do not: Donald Trump won the presidency in part because he channeled populist resentment toward political correctness into a winning issue.
During a fascinating and free-wheeling town hall-style event on Chris Hayes’ show on MSNBC Monday night, Sanders was explicit: Trump’s criticisms of political correctness spoke to the American people’s legitimate fury toward a political class and media regime that is overly-scripted and beholden to the powerful.
“[Trump] said he will not be politically correct,” said Sanders. “I think he said some outrageous and painful things, but I think people are tired of the same old politically correct rhetoric. I think some people believe he was speaking from his heart and willing to take on everybody.”
Hayes then asked what political correctness means to Sanders. He responded:
“What it means is you have a set of talking points which have been poll-tested and focus-group-tested and that’s what you say rather than what’s really going on. And often what you are not allowed to say are things which offend very powerful people….