Bernie Sanders’s message to Hillary Clinton after her book’s accusations

On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Sen. Bernie Sanders stopped by to discuss his new book, Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution, which may have gotten a bit overshadowed by Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened, in which she said Sanders’s attacks during the 2016 election caused lasting damage to her campaign, and that he made it “harder to unify Progressives.”

Sanders was not one to back down from Clinton, citing an increase in the number of young people and working-class people running for office since the 2016 election, adding, “Actually, the case is that the Progressive movement today and grassroots activism is stronger than it has been in many, many years.”    

But ultimately he wasn’t interested in dwelling on the past, citing multiple issues the U.S. now faces. “We have too many problems. We’ve got this DACA issue — the outrageous effort on Trump‘s part to throw 800,000 people off their legal status — we have to deal with climate change, raise the minimum wage, we have to have health care for all our people as a right.”

Colbert went on to ask Sanders about what Clinton called “pony promises” in her book — an accusation that Sanders was promising too much. Sanders disagreed that his ideas were out of reach. “I said in America we should join every other industrialized country and guarantee health care to all people as a right, and there is now growing sentiment for that effort. So that’s not a pipe dream,” he said.

Colbert will interview Hillary Clinton in a week, and when he asked Sanders whether he had a message for her, Sanders invited Clinton to join him in the fight, saying, “We need her help to go forward. Let’s not keep arguing about 2016. Let’s get together, take on Trump’s desire to divide us up — let’s go forward with the Progressive agenda. Ask her if she’ll do that.”

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

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