Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont (I) did not appear to be having much fun during a recent interview on Bloomberg Politics.
“I’m not a great fan of the media in general,” he said — and that was before being asked to read a sitcom quote about communist Cuban baseball players.
With All Due Respect hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann asked the socialist senator, who is considering a 2016 run for the White House, to read quotes from the sitcom Seinfeld during an interview on Thursday.
Halperin claimed that “thousands of people” believe Sanders is the voice behind Seinfeld‘s George Steinbrenner. The host handed Sanders a piece of paper and asked him to read a few lines from the show to investigate the conspiracy theory.
“George, the word around the office is that you’re a communist,” the senator said. “You know, George, it struck me today that a communist pipeline into the vast reservoir of Cuban baseball talent could be the greatest thing to happen to this organization.”
Halperin remarked that the Internet would be “on fire.”
“Now that we’ve dealt with the important issues facing America, what else do we have?” Sanders mockingly replied.
Halperin said the interview allowed him to better understand and appreciate the senator’s personality. “It’s an important part of leadership, though, isn’t it?”
“Nah,” Sanders dismissively said, explaining that George W. Bush had a great personality but was the worst president in modern American history.
The senator said he was considering a presidential run because he was concerned about income inequality, corporate corruption, and the influence of money in politics. But he said he wasn’t convinced he could successful take on “the ruling class” and the media, which are dominated by the wealthy.
The hosts ended the interview by asking Sanders whether he would rather vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or MSNBC host Ed Schultz to be president. But Sanders refused to play along.
“I respectfully decline to answer that question.”
Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below.
Michael Steele hilariously shreds the RNC for spending $100K on Donald Trump Jr’s ‘dumb book nobody’s going to read’
Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, trashed the organization he once led over revelations that donor money was used to boost sales of Donald Trump Jr.'s new book.
The former RNC chair told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he wasn't a bit surprised by the reports, and said the GOP organization has been absolutely corrupted by President Donald Trump.
"Of course it was the RNC -- SOBs," Steele said. "Oh my god."
"Look, let me just tell you how screwed up this is," he continued. "Before I became national chairman, I had written a book on how the Republican Party can regroup after the 2008 shellacking, after the 2006, you know, bang-up at the polls, and move the party forward, and people looked at me and said, 'How dare you write a book and try to profit off of the RNC.'"
‘This is the president of betrayal’: MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch explains how Democrats can use impeachment to defeat Trump in 2020
Democrats don't appear to have convinced Senate Republicans to convict President Donald Trump, but MSNBC's Donny Deutsch said they can use findings from the impeachment hearings to campaign against him next year.
The "Morning Joe" contributor urged Democrats to develop a coherent theme based on the findings turned up by House investigators to convince voters to do what congressional Republicans aren't willing to do -- remove the president from office.
"Does anybody know 'Bob Loves Abishola'?" Deutsch asked. "That's a show on CBS, you know, had about five, six million viewers the other night. That's what these hearings have done. We live in a little bit of a bubble that we sit here and we watch. The reality is, when you look at that new Emerson poll where we've lost 5 percent of people who even believe he should be impeached and 14 percent removed from office."
These are the likely charges to be filed in Trump’s impeachment after devastating House testimony: CNN
On Friday morning, former prosecutor Elie Honig ticked off what he believes will be included in the articles of impeachment filed against Donald Trump after five days of testimony from members of his own administration.
Speaking with host Alysin Camerota, the CNN legal analyst said the Democratic-led House has a clear path to send their charges to the Senate for a trial and vote.