Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds campaign rally in Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – 2020 Presidential candidate and U.S Senator Bernie Sanders held a campaign rally in Louisville Sunday in front of thousands criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Sunday’s rally came after a few days when President Trump visited Louisville announcing his plans to forgive disabled veterans student loans.
Sanders accused McConnell of blocking important legislation in the U.S. Senate at the demand of corporate interests and harming the working class.
He says the Senate Majority Leader has obstructed legislation passed recently by the U.S House that would raise minimum wage to $15.00 while also expanding background checks on gun purchases, and increasing the country’s election security from foreign attacks.
Before the rally started, Sanders met with AT&T workers in Louisville who went on strike Saturday after they accused AT&T of engaging in unfair labor practices, according to the Courier-Journal.
Approximately 20,000 union workers of the Communication Workers of America in the southeast across nine states including Kentucky went on strike.
The U.S. Senator went on to criticize the Senate Majority Leader during the rally saying he turned his back on the working class and only serves the interests of Wall Street.
Sanders says that 10 of the country’s 25 poorest counties are in Kentucky.
He says the Senate Majority Leader does not have the right to prevent debate and votes on the country’s most important issues of the working class.
Sanders made a personal statement to McConnell during the rally.
” Stop your cowardice, have some guts to debate the issues,” said Sanders.
According to the Courier-Journal, Sanders also unveiled his campaign’s version of the “Green New Deal,” a $16.3 trillion plan that aims to end fossil fuels in the United States by 2050.
He says the plan would create 20 million new jobs in the new energy sector.
Sanders also offered support to the former coal miners of Blackjewel who protested in Harlan County.
” Coal miners are not my enemy,” said Sanders.” Climate change is our enemy.”