Bernie Sanders isn't ruling out a 2020 presidential run

The Vermont senator doubts he'll be working with the Trump administration

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The Independent US

Bernie Sanders is floating the possibility of another presidential bid in 2020. During a phone interview with the Associated Press, Mr Sanders explained that he first wants to help rebuild the Democratic Party from its base following Donald Trump’s devastating victory.

"Four years is a long time from now," the 75-year-old Vermont senator said, reminding reporters that he’s up for re-election in the Senate come 2018 "We'll take one thing at a time, but I'm not ruling out anything."

Mr Sanders said that the decision of millions of working-class voters to back Mr Trump was simply an embarrassment to his party. He wants to reassure folks that Democrats can take a strong approach against corporate interests.

"It is an embarrassment, I think, to the entire of Democratic Party that millions of white working-class people decided to vote for Mr Trump,” he explained, “which suggests that the Democratic message of standing up for working people no longer holds much sway among workers in this country.”

He also pledged to support Keith Ellison, a representative of Minnesota, to become the Democratic National Committee’s next chairman.

"You cannot be a party which on one hand says we're in favor of working people, we're in favor of the needs of young people but we don't quite have the courage to take on Wall Street and the billionaire class,” he continued telling the news agency. “People do not believe that. You've got to decide which side you're on."

Mr Sanders also said that while he’s hopeful, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll be working with the Trump administration.

"I hope I'm wrong, but I believe that he is a fraud,” he explained, “and I think despite all of his rhetoric about being a champion of the working class, it will turn out to be hollow.”