Bernie Sanders has earned the endorsement from one of the most prominent Clinton cabinet members, with former labor secretary Robert Reich giving his support to Hillary Clinton’s main rival.
Reich announced his endorsement on Twitter on Friday night, and then gave a longer explanation in a Facebook post. Reich said that Sanders is “leading a movement to reclaim America for the many, not the few.”
“And such a political mobilization – a “political revolution,” as he puts it — is the only means by which we can get the nation back from the moneyed interests that now control so much of our economy and democracy.
“This extraordinary concentration of income, wealth, and political power at the very top imperils all else – our economy, our democracy, the revival of the American middle class, the prospects for the poor and for people of color, the necessity of slowing and reversing climate change, and a sensible foreign policy not influenced by the “military-industrial complex,” as President Dwight Eisenhower once called it. It is the fundamental prerequisite: We have little hope of achieving positive change on any front unless the American people are once again in control.”
While Robert Reich was a key cabinet member under Bill Clinton, leading a series of minimum-wage increases, he has not been afraid to break with the Clintons in the past. In 2008 he endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination over Hillary Clinton, and also served on Obama’s economic transition team, the Huffington Post noted.