Sanders: Halting TPP, pipeline are 'lessons' in how to fight Trump

Sanders: Halting TPP, pipeline are 'lessons' in how to fight Trump

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersRealClearPolitics editor: Moderate Democrats are losing even when they win Sanders tests his brand in Florida Ocasio-Cortez slammed for banning press from public event MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday that the death of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the rerouting of the Dakota Access Pipeline “are lessons that must not be lost” as President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE takes office. 

“Whether the issues are economic justice, climate change, women's rights, immigration reform, health care, education, campaign finance reform, criminal justice reform and many other struggles, when we stand together we can accomplish great victories,” he said in a statement. “This is not a time for despair. It is a time for being smart and going forward in building a strong and victorious grassroots movement.”

On Sunday, the Army Corps of Engineers denied the necessary permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline and said it would look into ways to reroute the project. 

The former Democratic presidential candidate railed against the Dakota Access Pipeline while stumping for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Poll: Dem opponent leads Scott Walker by 5 points Cuomo fires back at Trump: 'America is great because it rejects your hate-filled agenda' MORE during the general election, telling an attendee at a November rally “damn right” when the protester yelled, “Stop the Dakota pipeline!”

"In defeating the TPP trade agreement, we had to take on corporate America, the pharmaceutical industry, a majority of Congress and the president of the United States," Sanders said Monday.

Both Sanders and Trump were outspoken critics of TPP during their presidential campaigns.

"We won because we stood strong, were smart in our tactics and fought for what the American people wanted. In defeating the Dakota Access Pipeline, we had to take on the entire fossil fuel industry and, once again, a majority of Congress,” Sanders said in the statement.

“When faced with a strong grass-roots movement, led by the Native American community and environmentalists all across the country, President Obama did the right thing — and deserves credit for it."