President Donald Trump is presently trying to create a trade deal with Communist leaders from China, and he’s had a cozy relationship with Communist dictator Kim Jong Un of North Korea.
But it’s Sen. Bernie Sanders who trump labeled a “communist” during an interview that aired before the Super Bowl with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Trump said Sanders went “beyond” socialism in his comments before the “Big Game.” Hannity had asked Trump to give short answers of what “comes to mind” when he thinks about some of the Democratic candidates vying to become the nominee to challenge him in the 2020 presidential election, The Week reported.
For former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump called him “sleepy.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren received the descriptor “fairy tale” from Trump, and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was described as “little” by the president.
Trump also called Sanders a “communist.”
“I think he’s a communist. I mean, you know, look, I think of communism when I think of Bernie,” Trump said.
Trump cited how Sanders and his wife had spent part of their honeymoon in the Soviet Union in 1988, incorrectly stating that the two had gotten married there. When Hannity corrected him, Trump dismissed the truth as irrelevant.
“Well, whatever,” Trump said in response to the correction from the Fox News host. “But you don’t necessarily think in terms of marriage, Moscow. And it’s wonderful. I’m not knocking it, but I think of Bernie sort of as a socialist but far beyond a socialist.”
Trump on Bernie Sanders: "I think he's a communist. I think of communism when I think of Bernie … didn't he get married in Moscow?" (Bernie Sanders did not get married in Moscow.) pic.twitter.com/zeOK7vUALD
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 2, 2020
Sanders describes himself as a “democratic socialist,” but the president rarely differentiates between modern socialism that incorporates the protection of democratic rights and the authoritarian socialist/communist experiement that existed under the former Soviet Union.
Trump also failed to mention his own ties to the former Soviet Union, however, within his interview with Hannity.
While Sanders traversed to Moscow in 1988, Trump was there in 1987, trying to hammer out a deal with Soviet leaders in order to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, for example.
The KGB may have been interested in bridging ties to Trump much earlier than that, with Politico pointing out that they could have tried to have done so as early as the late 1970s. Trump had married Ivana Zelnickova, a Czechoslovakian model who had emigrated to Canada and then the United States around that time.
Czechoslovakia was then part of the Warsaw bloc of nations allied with the Soviet Union.
While Ivana Trump wasn’t necessarily a communist when she married the business mogul, Trump’s concerns about Sanders spending part of his honeymoon in Russia pales in comparison to the president’s own connections, business and personal, to Soviet nations in the 1970s and 1980s.