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Bernie Sanders Sums Up Republicans' Entire Economic Model in a Single Word

The Vermont senator gets a warm reception in Miami on day three of his multi-state unity tour.

Photo Credit: Miami Herald / Twitter

Sen. Bernie Sanders' multi-state unity tour with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez continued for a third day in Miami Wednesday, where he spoke to a crowd of approximately 2,000 at the James L. Knight Center.

“We are going to take on the billionaire class,” Sanders said. “Donald Trump did not win the election—the Democrats lost the election! That means rebuilding the Democratic Party, making it a grassroots party—a party from the bottom on up!”

Sanders' "Come Together and Fight Back" tour began Monday in Portland, Maine. On Tuesday, he spoke in Kentucky, home state of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The tour will continue through April 23 in Texas, Nebraska, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.

“The Republican leadership doesn’t give a sh*t about people who are suffering," Perez told the audience.

Meanwhile, Sanders spoke of the "immoral" economics regarding the Republican governor's refusal to expand Medicaid, much like he had the previous night. 

“You can un-elect him!” Sanders said of Rick Scott, whose decision affects nearly a million Floridians. 

Sanders also touched on an issue rarely discussed at the federal level: gentrification. 

“It’s a beautiful community which is under threat of incredible gentrification,” Sanders said of Miami's Little Haiti. “You have billionaires coming in who think it is okay to push you out, to push out small business people who have been there decades in order to build fancy condominiums.”

In an extremely close contest, Hillary Clinton lost Florida to Donald Trump by just 1 percent in the 2016 presidential election.

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Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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