While voicing his support for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign on Friday, Real Time host Bill Maher expressed skepticism that he could win over voters by calling himself a “Democratic Socialist.”
“This is my big thing tonight — to get you to undemonize this word,” Maher said, arguing that while more Americans are willing to elect a gay person or even an atheist, they still show reluctance to supporting a socialist at the polls.
“They hear ‘Socialist,’ they think, ‘herpes,'” he said.
“Then what we do is, we have to make the movement, if you like, to correlate [with] what we’re talking about,” Sanders responded. “On every one of the major issues I am talking about, the American people agree.”
The senator cited support for free public college tuition, and raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy to boost his argument.
However, Maher countered, taxing “people who own a yacht” would not generate enough revenue to cover the cost of Sanders’ policies. The host also pointed out that the candidates’ home state of Vermont was not able to pay for universal medical care for its residents.
“Then the question is, Bill, you tell me: why is it that every other major country –” Sanders said before Maher jumped in.
“I will tell you why — because they control both ends of it,” he said. “If you’re saying that the government is gonna pick up the tab, but not make the insurance companies, the hospitals, and the doctors not gouge people, then we are gonna break the budget. It has to work both ways.”
“The United States is the only major country on Earth that allows private insurance companies to make huge profits in the health care system,” Sanders responded. “The function of health care should be to provide quality care to all people, not to make huge profits for the drug companies and insurance companies.”
Watch the interview, as posted online, below.
‘When the Supreme Court hands down the decision about Trump’s taxes – read page 185’: Maddow says of new book
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"Our Uncle Rob, Robert Trump, the president's younger brother, told us, quote, 'any of them could be disowned at any time,'" said Maddow. "'Donny' — meaning Donald Trump Jr. — 'was going to join the Army or some bullsh*t like that, and Donald and Ivana told him if he did, they'd disown him in a second.'"
"The president threatening to disown his son if he joined the military," added Maddow. "Casts a shadow, looms a little bit over what we understand about his bizarre relationship with the military and his perception of their — their role in his administration."
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"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."
"We have more cases because we're doing more testing," said Trump in the clip. "We have more cases. If we did half the testing, we'd have far fewer cases but people don't view it that way. What they have to view, though, is if you look at the chart, and maybe Mike has it, but we looked at it before, if you look at the chart of deaths, deaths are way down. What we want to do is get our schools open. We want to get them open quickly, beautifully in the fall."