Political science professor Mark Bray, a longtime critic of Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid, is now calling for an overhaul of the socialist party.
The left-wing populist and independent is a long-time critic of President Trump, who has been critical of his administration and has been calling for his resignation.
Sanders, in an interview with Bloomberg Politics, said he doesn’t believe the socialist label is the answer.
“What I am calling for is a rebranding, a re-imagining, a whole new paradigm,” he said.
“That’s not the answer, and it’s not something that will happen overnight.”
Bray, who served as a speechwriter for the first presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016, said Sanders’ policies have contributed to an economic crisis that he believes is exacerbated by a lack of investment in the middle class.
He noted that while many people in the United States have lost their jobs, the middle income has remained stagnant, with the top 10 percent of earners seeing a 3.3 percent increase in their incomes since 2000.
“The Sanders model has been a failure,” Bray said.
He also said Sanders should consider making social policy more democratic, with greater access to voting, education and health care.
Bray has been speaking out on social issues, including in a book called “What Socialism Means,” which was published in 2016.
He said his views on the Democratic Party have changed over time, and that he is now a proponent of the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign.
In a piece for the website Vox, Bray wrote that Sanders is a better candidate to tackle the social issues Sanders advocates for, which include equal pay for women, affordable housing, racial justice, a strong safety net and access to health care for everyone.
“Sanders’ socialism has always been more about economic justice and universalism than redistribution, but its policies have created a very bad situation,” Bray wrote.
Bryant said the Democratic party is “the party of the elite and the super-rich” and that “Bernie Sanders is more likely to become president than Hillary Clinton, because the Democratic leadership in Congress and in the states are much more supportive of the wealthy and corporate interests.””
It is time to take a fresh look at the socialist system.”
Bryant said the Democratic party is “the party of the elite and the super-rich” and that “Bernie Sanders is more likely to become president than Hillary Clinton, because the Democratic leadership in Congress and in the states are much more supportive of the wealthy and corporate interests.”
Barry said Sanders and his supporters have “done a good job” at rallying the Democratic base.
“I think they’ve been successful at getting people in positions of power, which is what we need in a socialist system,” he wrote.
The Sanders campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.