Sanders: Trump said midterms were about him, and he lost

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBiden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report Teen quits job at Walmart over intercom, tears into company over employee treatment O'Rourke doubles support in CNN poll of Dem presidential race MORE (I-Vt.) blamed President TrumpDonald John TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law MORE over the Republicans’ midterm losses in the House of Representatives, saying the results were a referendum on him. 

“Democrats won some 40 seats in the House, now control the House, won seven governors’ seats, won several hundred seats in state legislatures all over the country … Trump, as I recall said, this election is about him. It was. He lost. That’s a good thing,” he told host Stephen Colbert Thursday on “The Late Show.”

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“Actually, the results would have been better if we didn’t have this outrageous level of gerrymandering, which exists all over this country, and voter suppression efforts to try to make it harder in our democracy for people to vote, which is an outrage, which we have got to deal with immediately,” he added, citing concerns that plagued races across the country.

Sanders, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and electrified his progressive base, said the new Democratic majority in the House should take aim at income and wealth inequality, both of which were themes of his presidential campaign.

“What I hope is that the Democrats become aggressive in developing an agenda that takes on the billionaire class, that takes on corporate America and creates a government that works for all of us and not just the few,” he said.

While Democrats took control of the House, Republicans were able to expand their majority in the Senate to a 53-47 margin, something Trump took credit for Thursday.

“Does the Fake News Media ever mention the fact that Republicans, with the very important help of my campaign Rallies, WON THE UNITED STATES SENATE, 53 to 47? All I hear is that the Open Border Dems won the House. Senate alone approves judges & others. Big Republican Win!” he tweeted.

Sanders, who remains a progressive darling and is known to be considering another shot at the White House, said he is assessing other Democrats’ moves ahead of what is expected to be a very crowded primary field.

“I’m trying to ascertain … A, which candidate has the best chance to beat Trump, and B, which candidates’ ideas can most turn this country around so that we have a government that works for all of us and not just the people on top,” he said, namedropping Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report Warren talks identity in address to historically black university: 'I'm not a person of color' O'Rourke doubles support in CNN poll of Dem presidential race MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBiden team discussed 2020 run with O'Rourke as VP: report Pollster says likely Dem 2020 nominee has not emerged in national conversation yet O'Rourke doubles support in CNN poll of Dem presidential race MORE (D-N.J.).