During a portion of Tuesday night’s Democratic debate focused on healthcare, Sen. Bernie Sanders interjected to castigate some of his 2020 primary rivals — namely former vice president Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg—for again repeating right-wing talking points against Medicare for All and defending the primacy of the for-profit insurance industry.
“I get a little bit tired, I must say, of people defending a system which is dysfunctional, which is cruel,” Sanders said, as he cast glances at Biden and Buttigieg. “Eighty-seven million uninsured, thirty-thousand people dying every single year, five-hundred thousand going bankrupt—for what reason?—they came down with cancer.”
“I will tell you what the issue is here,” Sanders continued. “The issue is whether the Democratic Party has the guts to stand up to the healthcare industry which made a $100 billion in profits; whether we have the guts to stand up to the corrupt, price-fixing pharmaceutical industy which is charging us the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. If we don’t have the guts to do that—if all we can do is take their money—we should be ashamed of ourselves.”
We are a LITTLE BIT TIRED of people defending a dysfunctional, cruel system!
"The issue is, does the Dem Party have the guts to stand up to the healthcare insurance, the corrupt pharmaceutical industry, if we don't have the guts to do that, we should be ashamed of ourselves" pic.twitter.com/uAewZCwlrk
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) October 16, 2019
Applause for Sanders’ comment followed, with former labor secretary and economist Robert Reich stating, “No one can match Bernie Sanders for righteous indignation about our screwed-up system.”
In response to Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted:
Thank you! There are too many plans out there that seem more interested in protecting corporate profits than protecting the lives of working Americans.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 16, 2019
And the Pod Save America team put it simply: “Bernie Sanders is tired of your shit on healthcare in America.”
Lincoln Project slams NC TV station’s ‘overt cowardice’ for refusing to run ad criticizing Trump supporters’ ‘Flag of Treason’
On Sunday, The Lincoln Project—a political action committee comprising anti-Trump Republicans backing Joe Biden—digitally released an ad called “The Flag of Treason,” which takes aim to President Trump’s not-so-casual embrace of racial divisiveness and his alliances with Confederate sympathizers.
It’s a provocative ad, for sure—and too provocative, it seems, for ABC11-WTVD.
‘We’ve seen this movie before’: 1992 riots helped sink Bush — and former Barr deputy sees that fate for Trump
President Donald Trump and his allies are reportedly loving the chaos he's stirring into nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd, so he can project strength with a brutal crackdown -- but that carries great political risk.
George H.W. Bush lost his 1992 re-election campaign after unemployment hit 7.5 percent, erasing any leftover glory from the Gulf War, and the acquittals of Los Angeles police officers in the videotaped beating of Rodney King set off violent protests, and one of his former campaign aides listed off the uncanny similarities to current conditions for The Daily Beast.
Joe Biden slams Trump for teargassing Americans at DC church: He held up a Bible – I just wish he’d open one
Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump for teargassing Americans protesting the police killing of George Floyd, while peacefully standing in D.C.'s Lafayette Park and at the famous St. John's church. After clearing the area, Trump walked to the church for a photo-op, and held up a Bible.
Biden slammed Trump for "brandishing" the Bible and said: "I just wish he'd open it every once in awhile."
"If he opened it he could have learned something."