Bernie Sanders took to the Fox News airwaves and destroyed several Republican talking points.
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Sanders said that he didn’t vote for the bailout of Wall Street, but he did propose a surtax on the 1% to bail out Wall Street.
Bret Baier pushed the Fox News talking point that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are going to cause a debt crisis. Sanders said that he would prevent a “debt crisis” with his Medicare for all plan. Baier asked where the right of healthcare for all came from, and Sanders answered simply, “Being a human being.”
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Sen. Sanders called for a tax on Wall Street speculation. Sanders was asked about defeating ISIS by an audience member. Sanders promised to do everything in his power to keep the US out of a new war in the Middle East and vowed to support Muslim troops. Baier asked Sanders if what was happening to Christians in the Middle East was genocide. He corrected the Fox host by saying what was happening to Christians, and Muslims was wrong.
Sanders destroyed trickle down economics and called for an increase of the minimum wage to a living wage. The Democratic presidential candidate called for doing away with tax loopholes that help big corporations dodge taxes, and using the money to rebuild infrastructure. Sanders was asked to explain the benefits of his healthcare plan. Sanders said that he would not disable the CHIP program and Medicare. Sen. Sanders said that Medicare should be expanded to all Americans. He said that the healthcare system would be more efficient.
The Democratic presidential candidate went on Fox News and took apart all of the Republican Party’s favorite talking points. Sanders took on the Republican desire to kill Social Security and Medicare, the GOP’s refusal to raise the minimum wage, the failure of trickle-down economics, and the Republican belief that healthcare is not a right. Sanders stood up for reproductive rights by saying, “I believe that the government does not have a right to tell a woman what to do with her body.” Sen. Sanders called out Republican hypocrites who hate big government but want to tell a woman what she can do with her body.
Sen. Sanders excels at going into hostile environments like the Fox News town hall and delivering his message in an open way. Sanders appealed to the Fox News audience by telling them the truth that Congress is not listening to them. Congress is listening to big-money contributors. Sen. Sanders said that if he will convince Congress to carry out his agenda because if he wins Democrats will have taken back Congress. Sanders said that change in the country comes from the bottom up.
Bernie Sanders carried the flag of populist liberalism and delivered an excellent performance on Fox.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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