November 30, 2016
Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visited Philadelphia on Monday night for a special event hosted by Democracy Now at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
The occasion marked Sanders' most extensive interview since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election, an outcome the senator from Vermont could not deny was "depressing."
In hindsight, many have expressed disappointment that Sanders' primary defeat seemingly sapped the energy of American progressives just as Trump's underrated base expanded in pivotal areas of the country. Others have insisted his campaigning behind socialist views was always too problematic to be embraced by moderate, undecided and independent voters, even those with a penchant for populism.
Sanders himself, never crushed by the loss, turned his attention to sustaining the broad movement that rallied behind him. He's since launched Our Revolution, a political action organization that seeks to "reclaim democracy" for working people in the United States, and taken on new leadership as chair of outreach for Senate Democrats.
Below is Democacy Now's full interview with Sanders in Philadelphia.