Feeling Defeated On Inauguration Day? Please Listen To Bernie Sanders' Pep Talk.

"Today is going to be a tough day for millions of Americans, including myself."

Throughout the election, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was one of Donald Trump's most vociferous critics, vowing to do everything in his power to make sure the controversial real estate businessman did not become president. On Jan. 20, after defying polls, pundits, and history, Trump was sworn-in as president of the United States, delivering an inaugural speech that promised a markedly different approach to America's issues than his predecessor's.

The same morning, Sanders gave a pep talk to his fellow progressives in a video on Facebook. 

"Today is going to be a tough day for millions of Americans, including myself. But our response has got to be not to throw up our hands in despair, not to give up," he said. "But in fact, to fight back as effectively and vigorously as we can. And our job is to keep our eyes on the prize... for a government that represents all of us, not just the one percent."

Following Trump's stunning win, Sanders has been using his elevated national platform to keep up criticism towards Trump's cabinet nominees and his tactics to ensure corporations don't outsource American manufacturing jobs. Sanders also issued a statement after the election that laid out his and other Democratic lawmakers' game plan:

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.

It seems that Sanders has no intention of letting up, and by all indications, he's hoping his fellow progressives won't, either. 

"We're going to go forward in the fight for economic, social, environmental, and racial justice," he said on Inauguration Day. "That's who we are; that's what we're going to do. We are not giving up."

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