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I am proud to tell you that in 1988, a long time ago, I was one of the few white elected officials I was mayor of the city of Burlington who endorsed Jesse Jackson, who brought Jesse Jackson to Vermont and we won Vermont for Jesse Jackson, i think Jesse Jackson has never gotten Jesse Jackson full due.
While I understand that there are people who have differences of opinion with me on immigration reform, there is no justification, no reason, to resort to bigotry and xenophobia when we are talking about Mexicans or we are talking about Muslims, people can disagree about immigration reform, but in the year 2016, we will not allow the Trumps and others to divide us up and appeal to racism, which has done this country so much harm for so many years.
What we have got to do is to involve people in the political process in a way that we have not done. The reason that the rich get richer, everybody else gets poorer, is big money controls what goes on in Congress. The answer though to that is a political revolution involving people in the political process.
First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive, the real issue is when we look at the poverty rate among the African-American community, when we look at the high unemployment rate within the African-American community, we have a lot of work to do.
Their support for terrorism, the anti-American rhetoric that we're hearing from some of their leadership is something that is unacceptable, on the other hand, the fact that we managed to reach an agreement, something that I very strongly supported, that prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon and that we did that without going to war and that I believe we're seeing a thaw in our relations with Iran is a very positive step.
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