(National Sentinel) Transformative: Avowed Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Thursday that today’s Democratic Party is embracing ideas that were once considered “radical” but which are now “mainstream.”

“A few years ago in the Senate, I introduced a Medicare for all bill, had zero co-sponsors, this time we have 16 co-sponsors,” Sanders said at a training event for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. “In other words, what was once considered radical is now mainstream.”

The 2016 Democratic presidential contender also noted that once calls for a $15-per-hour minimum wage were considered radical but the policy is now part of the Democratic Party’s platform.

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He said a bill to raise the national minimum wage to $15 has 30 co-sponsors.

“Sanders’ insurgent campaign during the 2016 presidential election gave cover to many on the far left as they ran for office in other races across the country. His positions also led many Democrats to move their policies further to the left in order to appease Sanders’ supporters,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.

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