Senator Bernie Sanders is making Donald Trump eat his tweets from the Senate floor.
As the Senate debates the fate of Obamacare, Sanders used Trump’s favorite weapon against him, printing out his social media boast of May 2015: “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.”
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— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) January 4, 2017
Sanders continued to quote Trump’s promises to protect Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.
“He did not say it once in the middle of the night, he didn’t say it in an interview. This was a central part of his campaign,” said Sanders.
“On April 15th Mr. Trump said, and I quote, ‘Every Republican wants to do a big number on social security,’ that’s Donald Trump talking, that’s not Bernie Sanders talking.”
“‘They want to do it on medicare medicaid and we can’t do it it’s not fair to the people who have been paying in for years.’
End of quote. Not Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, now soon to be president.”
Sanders went on:
“What Mr. Trump said was right…and this is the day. Mr. Trump was right, and millions of people voted for him on the belief that he would keep his word.”
“If he was sincere, then I would hope that tomorrow or maybe today he could send out a tweet to tell his Republican colleagues to stop wasting their time…and to tell the American people that he will veto any proposal that cuts Medicare, that cuts Medicaid, that cuts Social Security.”
At the February 2016 primary debates in South Carolina Trump said “I’m going to save Social Security. You have tremendous waste, fraud and abuse. We have in Social Security thousands of people over 106 years old. You know they don’t exist. There’s tremendous waste, fraud and abuse, and we’re going to get it. But we’re not going to hurt the people who have been paying into Social Security their whole life and then all of a sudden they’re supposed to get less. We’re bringing jobs back.”
The debate, and display of the tweet, is ongoing.