bernie is on the senate floor right now opening up debate on the republicans’ budget proposal. it’s worth your time: https://t.co/XAjc3ukuhR— mike casca (@cascamike) January 4, 2017
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders wanted to remind the GOP about the fact the president-elect Donald Trump advocated against Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Social Security — and he did so by bringing a poster-sized tweet by Trump with him to the Senate floor.
“I think it is interesting that we listen to what Donald Trump said during the campaign ... Republicans listen and hear what their leader had to say about these issues,” Sanders said. "And he didn't say it once in the middle of the night, he didn't say it once in an interview—this was a central part of his campaign, this is what he asked millions of elderly people and working class people to vote for him on. These are the principles that Donald Trump ran and won the presidency on.”
He then revealed the tweet that Trump had posted on May 7, 2015 that opposed health care cuts.
I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2015
He then added if the words were only campaign rhetoric, Trump should admit to the public that he is a liar. However, if he really meant what he said, he should veto attempts to cut the programs and tell the Republicans they should stop opposing them.
Mike Casca, Sanders’ deputy communication director, was the one who was given the cumbersome job of carrying the huge placard to the Capitol Hill, which got him a chuckle from Sen. Ted Cruz.
Predictably, as soon as Twitter got wind of it, the placard soon became a target for photoshopping geniuses, who replaced the tweet with their very own messages.
Glad someone is finally doing something about this pic.twitter.com/JnZ3xYjMJI— Andrew Ziegler (@zieg) January 4, 2017
This chart Bernie brought to the Senate floor is wild. pic.twitter.com/8nwXYuFVPr— Maggie Serota ???? (@maggieserota) January 4, 2017
When ur ex tries to deny something but u have the receipts ready to go pic.twitter.com/nxOeIAZMSe— eve peyser (@evepeyser) January 4, 2017
bernie continues to speak truth to power pic.twitter.com/dpLQx8nBzr— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 4, 2017
Here come the Bernie memes pic.twitter.com/mWCwXC5Q7i— SuperHi (@superhi_) January 4, 2017
Bernie is still working hard in the Senate, talking about the important issues pic.twitter.com/DDbedMjHJJ— maple cocaine (@historyinflicks) January 4, 2017
he makes a good point pic.twitter.com/jxlP01lGTk— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) January 4, 2017
If Sanders was looking for attention by bringing his placard, he certainly got it.