Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said Wednesday night that bigots make up a "very small minority" of the people who supported Donald Trump and helped him win the presidency last week.
"All across this country there are millions and millions of decent, good people who are frightened about the world that they are living in," Sanders said, explaining voters who Trump was able to appeal to in his surprising victory.
At a Q&A session after his speech at George Washington University, Sanders said there are racists, sexists, and homophobes who took comfort in Trump's rhetoric, but that those characteristics do not define Trump's electorate.
"I believe that those people are a very small minority of the people who voted for Mr. Trump," Sanders said. "I think a lot of people gave up on the Democratic Party in terms of standing up for working people, and they said, ‘OK, I'm going to go with this guy.'"
Sanders said Democrats should be amenable to Trump policies that will help working people. Sanders ran on a populist, far-left platform for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton, winning more than 13 million votes.