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Even though Sanders' bid for the presidency wasn't successful, 18-year-old Shanze Arshad, who studies at Centre College in Danville, said the outspoken senator is still fighting against a racist, Islamophobic, homophobic - "every kind of phobic" - attitude that she believes Trump has brought to this country. But the real transformation in American politics is happening in the Democratic Party.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran as a Democrat during the 2016 presidential election and took part in the Democratic National Committee unity tour, on Tuesday declared, "I'm an Independent", The Hill reports. In between, stops in six states that voted for Trump: Kentucky, Florida, Texas, Nebraska, Utah and Arizona.

The Vermont senator's tour mission is addressing voters still feeling disenfranchised by the DNC as he helps lay the groundwork for the Democratic Party's 50-state strategy.

DNC Chairman Tom Perez said the recent failure of the Republican effort to replace the ACA shows that ordinary Americans are finally speaking out. Bernie Sanders, the crowd applauded and cheered his name.

He also called for a "Medicaid for all, single-payer system" and criticized Republicans for attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

"The progressive movement, the democratic party, working people ... you know what folks, I accept that challenge", Perez said.

"Our job is to radically transform the Democratic Party into a fifty-state party and a party which does not continue to ignore half of the states in our country, including some of the poorest states in America", he continued.

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He drew thousands to a rally at the civic center in Portland in July 2015, showing he was more than a fringe candidate.

The Republican National Committee called the event an unhinged, profanity-laced roadshow that will do nothing to stem the surge of Republican support.

So, we got the stultifying John Kerry, the swift boat campaign that maligned his service, the John Edwards VP pick with a perfectly coiffed candidate who followed his prick into obscurity, and put lust ahead of the issues he said he championed.

"Our job is to take the progressive message out into the world, go beyond our zone of comfort, start with working people", Sanders said.

"You saw an absolute collision between their alternative world of falsehoods and the reality on the ground", Perez said during an interview Tuesday afternoon.

Nonetheless, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote significantly.

Florida falls into the latter category of the DNC's ambitions since it went red for President Donald Trump a year ago after voting for the Democratic Party in 2008 and 2012. "Democrats have the reputation of being elitist".


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