Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) warned Monday that billionaires like the Koch brothers were trying to undo major New Deal programs like Social Security — and had enough money to send the country back to the 1920s.
Noting a recent ABC interview, PBS host Tavis Smiley asked Sanders what was so scary about the Charles and David Koch.
“For the 2016 race, they’re saying that they and a few of their friends to spend some $900 million. That is almost as much as Obama or Romney spent in their entire campaigns,” he replied.
“But I think these guys who are worth a $100 billion could easily double that amount. It doesn’t matter to them. They have an endless supply of money,” said Sanders, who is considering a 2016 bid for the White House.
“What people don’t know is: What do these guys stand for? What do they want?” Sanders continued. “And the truth is, they are radical right-wing extremists who in the past have made it clear they want to end Social Security, they want to end Medicare, they want to end Medicaid, they want to end public education, they want more tax breaks for the rich and large corporations, they want no limits at all on campaign financing — they think Citizens United has not gone far enough, and they want to be able to make direct contributions to candidates at every level of government.”
“This is a radical right-wing extremist agenda, and if we don’t stop them, this country is going to go back to the 1920s, where virtually every piece of legislation that we have passed since FDR has been killed and eliminated, including Social Security.”
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Trump’s racism is ‘disqualifying’ for him to remain as president: former White House lawyer
Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained on MSNBC on Thursday why he viewed President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four women of color in Congress as disqualifying.
Anchor Brian Williams read a quote from Susan Glasser of The New Yorker.
"Half of the country is appalled but not really sure how to combat him; the other half is cheering, or at least averting its gaze. This is what a political civil war looks like, with words, for now, as weapons," Glasser wrote.
Lawrence O’Donnell reports on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump
Anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported on the growing movement for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during Thursday evening's "The Last Word" on MSNBC.
"The House of Representatives conducted a symbolic vote on a hastily written impeachment resolution by Democratic Congressman Al Green in reaction to the president’s tweeted comments that the House of Representatives voted to condemn as racist," O'Donnell reported. "The impeachment resolution had nothing to do with the [Robert] Mueller investigation and referred only to the president being unfit for office because of the language that he has used recently about members of Congress and immigrants and asylum seekers."
Video proves how far the Trump’s GOP has gone from the era of Ronald Reagan and HW Bush
The immigration policies of Donald Trump’s presidency would have no room for his GOP predecessors Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush—who both embraced work visas, family unification, easy border crossings and a better relationship with Mexico.
That counterpoint can be seen in a very short video clip from the 1980 presidential election where Reagan and Bush—who became Reagan’s vice president for two terms before winning the presidency in 1988—were asked about immigration at a campaign debate in Texas. Their responses show just how far to the right the Republican Party’s current leader, President Trump, and voters who have not left the GOP to become self-described political independents, have moved on immigration.