Bernie Sanders Reacts to the First Presidential Debate: ‘I Was Not the Only Person Yelling at the TV’
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) thinks the debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was a total disaster and implored the country to kick “the most dangerous president in the history of our country” out of office during a charged appearance on Tuesday night’s edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Sanders held nothing back:
In Donald Trump, we have the most dangerous president in the history of this country – somebody who not only lies all the time, Jimmy, but really doesn’t believe in science, and I think you saw that tonight. Despite what he was saying about how wonderful and great the United States in terms of the coronavirus pandemic, the truth is we have the highest death rate in terms of that virus per capita of almost any country on Earth. We have no national policy. We have a president who continues to reject science. That’s true for the coronavirus, that is true for climate change as well, and what we need, and I think Biden will give us, is a government that at least listens to science and develops legislation based on science, not somebody who rejects science or makes fun of scientists.
Although Sanders and Biden differ on specific policies, such as the Green New Deal and how to combat climate change, Sanders said that Biden understands “that climate change is an existential threat to the planet… the point that he made tonight is right. Whether you agree with the Green New Deal or you take another approach, he has another approach.”
Biden, Sanders said, “is prepared to invest trillions of dollars in transforming our energy sector away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.” With that, the United States can “lead the world away from fossil fuels, save the planet for our kids and grandchildren and also create millions and millions of good-paying jobs… Biden is absolutely right and Trump is absolutely wrong in terms of job creation going in the direction of combating climate change and investing in sustainable energy. That is the economic smart thing to do.”
Next, Sanders addressed the trainwreck that was Trump and Biden’s first presidential debate.
“I don’t think tonight was great night for America, and I think I was not the only person yelling at the TV,” Sanders quipped. He then tore into Trump’s lies about protecting people with pre-existing conditions from losing their health insurance and Trump’s incapacity to take on the pharmaceutical industry, whom Sanders said is run by crooks who gouge prices:
He does not have the guts to take on the pharmaceutical industry, something that if the Democrats gain control of the United States Senate, which I hope very much happens, I’m going to be chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Health. Trust me, we will take on those crooks in the pharmaceutical industry.
Amid thunderous applause, Kimmel asked Sanders about Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists.
“It doesn’t give honestly any pleasure to say this, but you have a president who is in fact a racist, and he has been using race for a very very long time in trying to divide the American people up,” Sanders said. “He’s not only a racist,” Sanders continued. “He is a xenophobe – God knows the kinds of ugly attacks he has made on the Latino community – he is a religious bigot, and this is who we have as the president of the United States right now… it is absolutely imperitive that we get rid of the most dangerous president in the history of the United States of America.”
Trump’s incessant, bogus complaints about the election being “rigged” further compounds the danger he poses.
Trump “is a guy who continues to say he may not lose office,” said Sanders. “You wanna be shocked, Jimmy? What about learning that you got a guy in office now who says, ‘Well, maybe I will lose the election. So what? That doesn’t mean to say I’m gonna leave office because, as you know, everything is fraudulent. If I lose, by definition the election is rigged.’ Think about that.”
Sanders had one clear message for all Americans, regardless of party: “If you believe in democracy, if you believe in the Constitution and in the rule of law, Trump has got to go.”