Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) headlined the Repeal Trump Tax Tour at the Lansing Center hosted by the liberal group Not One Penny on Feb. 25. This is a 100-day tour, which kicked off last month. According to Not One Penny, the goal of the tour is to “hold Republicans accountable for raising taxes on 92 million middle-class families to give massive tax breaks to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.”
Sanders was accompanied by several other local activists, including Mari Copeny, known as Little Miss Flint, Melissa Mackney of the group MomsRising, Andrea Pietrowsky and her three-year-old daughter of Little Lobbyists and Michigan State University student Omar Karim.
“The reason we always have ordinary people come forward to talk about what’s going on in their lives is that as a nation, we don’t do that enough,” Sanders said. “There is a lot of pain in this country and the only way to deal with that reality is when we have the courage to talk about that reality.”
Freshman Samantha Dickhut came to the rally to learn more about the Democratic party’s stance on the Trump tax bill.
“Since he’s talking about the tax bill, I really want to hear his main talking points on the bill,” said Dickhut. “I’ve only been to Conservative rallies, so I’d like to feel the vibe at a mainly Democratic rally.”
Sen. Sanders emphasized the divide between the middle class and the one percent.
“For the last 40 years in America, the great middle class, once the envy of the entire world, has been shrinking,” said Sanders. “What we have seen is a massive growth in income and wealth inequality.”
He also thanked Michigan for its support during his 2016 presidential campaign.
“I talked about the issues that I thought were important, people said, ‘Bernie, you’re too radical, you’re an extremist,’” said Sanders. “Many of the ideas two years ago that seemed to be radical are today mainstream ideas. Thank you, Michigan.”
Sanders ended his speech encouraging people to support the progressive party.
“We can do it when we stand together, when we are prepared to get involved in the political process,” said Sanders.“There is no end to what we can accomplish.”