Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) slammed the Democratic Party’s platform at an event in Mississippi on Wednesday, saying it had been a “failure.”
“The business model, if you like, of the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,” Sanders said, according to The Washington Examiner.
“Now what happened — people sometimes don’t see that because of the charismatic individual named Barack Obama who won the presidency in 2008 and 2012. He was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant man,” the senator continued.
“But behind that reality, over the last 10 years Democrats have lost about 1,000 seats in state legislatures all across this country.”
Sanders’s comments come as Democrats across the U.S. gear up for November’s midterm elections. Sanders has long criticized the Democratic Party’s establishment, accusing it of being beholden to special interests
He lost to Hillary Clinton in the party’s 2016 presidential primary.