Sanders delivered an impassioned speech attacking Wall Street in Manhattan on Tuesday. The address was a virtual call and response of boos, jeers, and spirited applause in response to blistering criticism of corporate power and promises to reform a broken financial system.
Sanders pledged to break up big banks. (“If a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist!”) He vowed to check the power of the financial services industry by implementing “a 21st- century Glass-Steagall Act,” legislation beloved by progressive icon Elizabeth Warren that would separate commercial from investment banking. He painted Wall Street as a destructive force, capable of ripping apart “the fabric of our nation.”