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.
Trump says militia that sought to kidnap and kill Michigan’s Gov. Whitmer was ‘maybe a problem, maybe it wasn’t’
In a startling moment during his Michigan rally Tuesday, President Donald Trump implied that the militia that attempted to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) was maybe or maybe not all that big of a problem.
“People are entitled to say maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn’t," Trump told his rally.
It's a commonly used tactic by Trump to say things like "people say" or "some say" or raise hypotheticals so that it gives him the ability to say "I don't think that, people do." But he has never been able to cite the actual person that said that to him.
In this case, one would assume all political leaders would oppose kidnapping and killing a political leader regardless of the party to which he or she belongs. In Ohio they've opted for a gentler approach, merely trying to recall Republican Gov. Mike DeWine for his mask mandate.
Trump’s closing argument to women: ‘We’re getting your husbands back to work’
One week before the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump made his closing argument to women at a campaign rally in Lansing, Michigan.
"I love women and I can't help it, they're the greatest," Trump said, four years after the Access Hollywood tape was released which showed him bragging about sexually assaulting strangers.
"I love them much more than the men," he added.
Trump also made an economic argument that sounded as dated as his talk about "suburban housewives."
"We're getting your husbands -- they want to get back to work, right? We're getting your husbands back to work," he argued.
Trump chants ‘COVID!’ ten times in a row after Obama slams him as ‘jealous’ of virus
President Donald Trump on Tuesday again complained about the amount of media coverage being given to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump made the remarks at a campaign event in Lansing, Michigan, where he reminded supporters that he had been infected by the virus.
"I would like to give me full credit," the president said of his recovery. "I don't want to give the drug any credit. I want to say, because I am a very young person that's in perfect physical shape, I took that virus and I woke up the next morning and I felt like Superman."
Trump then motioned to members of the media at the event.