On the day Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement and left a seat for Republicans to fill, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said, "in many ways we did win the  election."
In 2016, Sanders ran in the Democratic Party's presidential primary and lost to Hillary Clinton, whom he endorsed despite painting her as a corrupt member of the political establishment. Clinton then lost to Donald Trump, but Sanders expressed positivity at a book party event Thursday.
Bernie Sanders at a book party in DC says "in many ways we did win the election." pic.twitter.com/dPeJwsnIMo
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) June 27, 2018
The argument Democrats "won" an election resulting in a Republican House, Senate, and White House appeared not to convince attendees.
Sanders pointed to Senate Democrats' embrace of Medicare-for-all, a move that shows the leftward lurch the party has taken over the last few years.
Sixteen Democrats cosponsored a universal Medicare bill this year. Zero did a few years ago.
Sanders also pointed to primaries in New York and Virginia where far-left candidates won their primaries.
The winner of New York's 11th Congressional District Democratic primary is a 28-year-old female socialist who beat out one of the top Democrats in the House. That candidate, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, is running on a platform of abolishing ICE, Medicare-for-all, a right to housing, and a federal jobs guarantee.