In her concession speech on Wednesday, Hillary Clinton said that she had offered to work with President-elect Donald Trump "on behalf of our country" and shared her hope that "he will be a successful president for all Americans."
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost the Democratic nomination to Clinton and subsequently campaigned for her, has been extremely critical of Donald Trump throughout the election, condemning his rhetoric and calling him a "hatemonger." On Wednesday, Sanders released a statement on the election results in which he shared a similar willingness to work with Trump, but he made it very clear under what circumstances he will not support him.
Sanders addressed some of the concerns that seem to have inspired so many Americans to vote for Trump, acknowledging that he "tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media."
The statement, which was shared on Sanders' Facebook page, continues, "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 — all while the very rich become much richer."
It's these issues on which Sanders is willing to work with Trump during his presidency. He did, however, share a very important caveat to his cooperation:
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. To the degree that he pursues racist, sexist, xenophobic and anti-environment policies, we will vigorously oppose him.
The Facebook post has received close to a million likes. Considering how many anti-Trump protests were held in cities across the country Wednesday night, it's safe to say that Sanders is not the only one prepared to challenge the new president should he attempt to implement the bigoted positions he has promoted throughout his campaign.