Watch: Cornel West on Neoliberalism, Bernie Sanders and Why Donald Trump Is a ‘Gangsta’

The Root spent an hour speaking to Cornel West on Dec. 8 on a wide range of issues, including former President Barack Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, neoliberalism, President Donald Trump and, of course, Ta-Nehisi Coates. Watch an edited version of our conversation above.


Terrell Jermaine Starr is a senior reporter at The Root. He is currently writing a book proposal that analyzes US-Russia relations from a black perspective.

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The term “neoliberal” has been so misused and abused over the last 2.5 years that I immediately dismiss the person who uses it as a complete asshole. And Dr. West uses neoliberal the way a 13 year old girl from the suburbs uses “like”.

And Dr. West can go kick rocks with his new analysis of Donald trump because I remember when he was lauding “Brother” Trump’s authenticity: