Former NYT correspondent: Both parties have betrayed the working class

Former New York Times correspondent Chris Hedges said Thursday that Republicans and Democrats have both betrayed working-class voters. 

"The [economic] situation is very grim, in particular for the American working class," Hedges told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on "Rising." "I think both parties have betrayed them."

"I think that's what led to the political insurgencies during the presidential primaries with the surprising support for [Sen.] Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders 'outraged' after MLB threatens to cut ties with minor league teams Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE, and then Trump," he continued. "There was a distrust of the established elites in both parties."

Then-candidate Donald Trump worked during his 2016 presidential campaign to appeal to working-class voters, targeting them in traditionally Democratic states such as Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Trump was able to flip all three states, and his victory has largely been attributed to a groundswell of working-class voters.

Sanders (I-Vt.), who competed against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo, the polls aren't wrong — but you have to know what to look for How to shut down fake Republican outrage over 'spying' on Trump More than 200,000 Wisconsin voters will be removed from the rolls MORE in the Democratic primary, was also able to appeal to working-class voters, beating out Clinton in states like West Virginia. 

Sanders in 2016 lamented Clinton's failure to garner support from white working-class voters, especially, in the general election, saying Trump "very effectively" benefited from "the anger and angst and pain that many working class people are feeling." 

"I think that there needs to be a profound change in the way the Democratic Party does business," Sanders said at the time. 

"It is not good enough to have a liberal elite. I come from the white working class, and I am deeply humiliated that the Democratic Party cannot talk to where I came from."

Hedges appeared on "Rising" to discuss his latest book, "America: The Farewell Tour," which was published this week.

— Julia Manchester