Bernie Sanders reveals the best way to fight back against Trump’s ‘dumb proposals’ [TWEETS]

Bernie Sanders education
Ed Sykes

In recent months, US Senator Bernie Sanders has quickly become one of the most vocal voices of opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency. For him, the best way to fight back against Trump’s “dumb proposals” is by uniting to push forward a progressive agenda. On this occasion, that means proposing free university education in congress. And Twitter has been one of the main tools for mobilising support for this bill.

The bill

On 3 April, Sanders introduced the ‘College For All’ bill along with Senator Elizabeth Warren and several members of congress. Its aim, as The Nation describes, is to “eliminate college tuition and fees at public four-year colleges and universities for students from families that make up to $125,000 per year”. And in order to move the bill forward in spite of the Republican-controlled congress and Trump presidency, Sanders has pushed for mass organisation, saying:

Our job now is to go out in every state in this country…. We can win this fight when millions of Americans stand up and demand this legislation.

Representative Pramila Jayapal, meanwhile, insisted that:

We need organized events at every college campus across the country

Winning the argument online

One of the main tools for mobilising support for the bill so far has been the modern ideological battleground of Twitter. And Team Sanders has been fully aware of that, aiming to get their message out as clearly as possible.

Below are just three key arguments that Sanders, Jayapal, and others have sought to hammer home on Twitter:

1) The government bailed out the banks, claiming it would help to avoid further crises. But investing in education is the real way to avoid such crises.

2) Student debt has risen rapidly. And education has become more and more exclusive in the process.

3) Fees make the US less competitive. But educating the workforce should be priority number one in an increasingly global economic environment.

Fighting “dumb proposals” with an organised progressive agenda

Speaking about the bill, Sanders addressed American students directly. He said:

You and millions of other young people have enormous power… And our job is not just to resist all of Trump’s dumb proposals, including massive cuts in education. Our job is to bring forward a progressive agenda which represents the young people, and the old people, and working people, and poor people all over this country. Because when we stand together – and not let Trump and his friends divide us up, frankly there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

An inspiring call for action as the best form of resistance. And if campuses and citizens across the US really do come together and demand change, the College For All bill just might become reality.

See Sanders and Elizabeth Warren speak about their bill in the video below:

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