The fact is there's been class warfare for the last thirty years, but it's been the ruling class taking on the middle class and poor. pic.twitter.com/YJuO76HzUQ— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 14, 2016
If you’re suffering from post-election Bernie Sanders withdrawal, then you will definitely miss him even more after watching this particular segment of MSNBC’s recent town hall event.
Sanders sat down with Wisconsinites, including Donald Trump supporters, to discuss matters like immigration, economy, college education and welfare, etc.
Although the Vermont senator brilliantly won over the audience with his eloquent and factual dialogue, there was one exchange that stood out.
It started with Gail Sparks, a self-described Trump voter, who expressed frustration over lack of jobs and blamed the problem on undocumented immigrants. She then lamented about paying for safety net programs like Social Security and Medicare, adding people like her had become the “silent minority.”
And that’s when Sanders gave her a response that helped Sparks understand that by voting for the Republican candidate, she actually voted against her own interests.
Sanders first confirmed with Sparks if she believed that safety net programs like Medicare should not be terminated. When she said yes, the former Democratic presidential candidate explained how her political party, the Republican Party, was in fact trying to cancel those programs.
“Do you know who is now working very hard to try to do that?” Sanders told her. “Republicans in Congress have a plan under the guise of saving Medicare and saving Social Security, making devastating cuts. That’s what the Republicans are now trying to do.”
Sanders then went on to explain her how the wage gap between increased over the past decades, causing the middle class people — people like Sparks — to bear the brunt of it all.
“Do you think it’s inappropriate to start asking those people to pay their fair share of taxes so we can adequately fund Medicaid and make public colleges and universities tuition-free?” he asked Sparks. “Is that an unfair thing to ask?”
“I don’t think it’s an unfair thing to ask,” she answered, finally appearing to understand his point. “They got rich off of us, so it’s time they put back.”
“OK, that’s all I’m saying,” Sanders finished, with a satisfied wave of his hands.
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