Bernie Sanders Tells Trump to 'Man Up' and Get Out of the White House in January

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said President Donald Trump should "man up" and finally accept defeat as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office, noting that public support for Trump is plummeting each day.

During an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, Sanders addressed Trump's inability to "accept reality" and concede to Biden, even as state after state rejects his unsuccessful re-election campaign's legal appeals. Sanders said he's "less and less worried" about Trump trying to stay in the White House after Inauguration Day.

"I fully expect that the Biden administration will be advocating those proposals that they agreed to … We're going to fight to make sure that they're implemented."

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"How worried are you that he could actually try to stay in power beyond January 20? What level of threat do you think the lack of progress on a transition poses to the country?" CNN host Jake Tapper asked Sanders.

"As more and more victories state by state are confirmed for Biden, I think public support, in any way, shape or form for the president is now going down," Sanders replied. "The idea that he continues to tell his supporters that the only reason he may have lost this election is because of fraud is an absolutely disgraceful, un-American thing to do. And I would just hope to God that he has the decency in him to man up and say, 'You know what? We fought hard, we lost the election. Good luck to Joe Biden. I love America.'"

"Trump will have the distinction of doing more than any person in the history of this country in undermining American democracy," Sanders continued.

The senator went on to push back against a media narrative that depicts a Democratic Party divided between progressives and more corporate-minded moderates. He echoed the case made previously by several self-described Democratic socialists—including New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez— that Medicare-for-All and other parts of the so-called "far-left agenda."

Sanders responded to a few sitting Democrats who claimed down-ticket members of their party lost House seats because some progressives were demanding to "defund the police." The Vermont senator responded sharply, "Nobody I know who is running for office talks about defunding the police."

"What we talk about is making police officers accountable, making sure that police departments do what they can do best, figuring out how you deal with mental illness, how you deal with homelessness, whether those are, in fact, police responsibilities, making sure that police officers are not killing innocent African Americans," Sanders continued. Additionally, Sanders said he would consider a Biden cabinet position if the president-elect should offer him one in the coming weeks.

"I talk to the Biden administration. I want to do my best in whatever capacity, as a senator or in the administration, to protect the working families of this country," Sanders said.

Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign and Sanders for additional remarks Sunday afternoon.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told CNN's Jake Tapper Trump should "man up" and get ready to leave office in January. Screenshot: CNN | YouTube