Watch Bernie Sanders Perfectly Predict Big Money’s Domination This Past Election Day


“If Chevron can roll over you, they and their buddies will roll over every community in America,” Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told a crowd two weeks ago in Richmond, California where the energy giant was attempting to influence local elections. “You can stand up and beat them will all of their money. You’re going to give hope to people all over America that we can control our destiny.”

It turns out, Richmond residents were listening. On Tuesday, the town took heed of Sanders’ warnings and rejected the slew of candidates backed by Chevron, an outcome many perceived as a dismissal of the energy giant’s attempt to control their vote.

But unfortunately for the rest of America, big money interests came out frighteningly successful on Tuesday. In fact, this past midterm election is going down as the most expensive ever and we don’t need to remind you of the bloodbath that swept through the country.

Sanders, the sole independent senator in America, sat down with Bill Moyers just days prior to Election Day to condemn billionaire interests and outline what progressives can do to squash out big money’s influence for elections to come.

“I think what we have to do, Bill, is lay out an agenda which says we are going to take on the billionaire class,” Sanders told Moyers. “You know what? We’re going to overturn Citizens United. We’re going to move to public funding of elections so these guys don’t buy elections.”

Watch the clip below for more:

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