Just days after Joe Biden stated that he would “transform” the country if elected, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders predicted Wednesday that Biden could become the “most progressive president” since Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fox News informed.
Sanders’ comments came as a task force set up by the two former rivals released a wide-ranging set of recommendations for the party’s convention platform.
“The compromise they came up with, if implemented, will make Biden the most progressive president since FDR,” Sanders told MSNBC. “It did not have, needless to say, everything that I wanted, everything that Biden wanted.”
Sanders also said that there was a “real honest effort” to find a compromise between left-wing supporters of Sanders, and establishment Biden supporters.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) cast doubt on the level of effort involved in the task force, however. RNC spokesperson Steve Guest noted that the Biden-Sanders task force had lifted numerous passages word-for-word from Sanders’ previous platform.
“The fact Joe Biden has embraced Bernie Sanders’ radical agenda verbatim is proof that while Bernie may not be the one leading the Democrat Party, Biden is more than happy to be his champion in its lurch to the left,” Guest tweeted, before taking a shot at Biden’s previous plagiarism scandals: “Bottom Line: Joe Biden has years of experience copying from others, now his task force is straight up copying from Bernie’s 2020 campaign proposals.”
The Democratic Party has, indeed, shifted to the left in recent months, and there are indications Biden is on board with the new progressive wing. For example, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Tuesday called for dismantling America’s “system of oppression,” citing the country’s economic and political systems; the Biden campaign didn’t respond when asked by Fox News if the former vice president agreed with Omar.
Other Democrats introduced a bill this week that would defund prisons, eliminate live sentences, and allow undocumented immigrants to vote and provide them with free “lifetime education.” Biden recently said money “absolutely” should be directed away from police departments.