"To the degree that Mr. Trump is serious about pursuing policies that improve the lives of working families in this country, I and other progressives are prepared to work with him," Sanders pledged in a statement Wednesday. "To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him."
Sanders claimed that Trump, who defeated Clinton in Tuesday’s election with 289 electoral votes, tapped into the anger of many members of America’s dwindling middle class.
"People are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent-paying jobs go to China and other low-wage countries, of billionaires not paying any federal income taxes and of not being able to afford a college education for their kids," Sanders wrote, echoing key themes of his unsuccessful race against Clinton for the Democratic Party’s 2016 nomination.
Trump’s win in the US Electoral College gave him his victory even though Clinton, with 59.6 million, had more support in the popular vote.