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Sanders lashes out at Democratic Party

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

On the day President-elect Donald Trump met with Barack Obama at the White House, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders lashed out at the Democratic Party.

"It is an embarrassment, I think, to the entire Democratic Party that millions of white working-class people decided to vote for Mr. Trump, which suggests that the Democratic message of standing up for working people no longer holds much sway among workers in this country," Sanders told The Associated Press.

"We have got to channel that anger against the people who caused the decline of the middle class and so many people living in poverty, not taking it out on our neighbors who may happen to be Muslim, Latino or women," Sanders said.

His words coming as protesters in Los Angeles shut down the freeway overnight and students at Southern Illinois University put on blackface to celebrate Trump's win.

Vermonters held vigil for peace and a swastika was painted on a Trump sign at UVM.

Democratic leaders are trying to calm their supporters' fears.

"Sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and other people think is moving back and that's OK," President Obama said.

"Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead," Hillary Clinton said.

The leader of Trump's Vermont campaign, Darcie Johnston, echoed Clinton's message.

"A man that has worked this hard to run for office cares deeply about this country, and everybody ought to give him a chance," Johnston said.

Johnston's message: don't be afraid. She expects President Trump to be different from candidate Trump.

"I didn't take what he said literally. I took them as these are things we need to be concerned about," Johnston said.

Democrats left without the White House and with minorities in the House and Senate; now they turn their attention to 2018 and 2020.

Sanders says another run for the White House is not out of the question.

Former DNC Chair and Vermont governor Howard Dean tweeted this evening:

Dean served as DNC chair for four years after he lost the Democratic nomination for president to John Kerry.

He would seemingly be rooting against Sanders, saying the Democratic Party needs someone young-- under 65-- to be their next presidential nominee.

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