Bernie Sanders, Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, presented a gigantic Trump tweet today on the Senate floor to demand that Trump stand by his campaign promises and veto any bills that come across his desk that cut Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security.
Bernie Just Printed a Gigantic Trump Tweet and Brought It to the Senate Floor
The tweet dates from May of 2015 and proclaimed, “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.”
Bernie said that if Trump plans to cut Medicare or Medicaid that he should just admit now that he was lying.
“Millions of people voted for him on the belief that he would keep his word,” Sanders said on the Senate floor, referring to Trump’s promises during the election campaign.
“If he was sincere, then I would hope that tomorrow or maybe today he could send out a tweet and tell his Republican colleagues to stop wasting their time and all of our time. And for Mr. Trump to tell the American people that he will veto any proposal that cuts Medicare, that cuts Medicaid or that cuts Social Security.”
As Bernie pointed out during today’s Senate session, the Republicans have had 8 years to come up with an alternative plan but have failed to do so and now they are attempting to throw 30 million people off of health care with no plan to provide health care to those people.
TRANSCRIPT EXCERPTS: BERNIE SANDERS
THEY HAVE HAD EIGHT YEARS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT HOW TO COME UP WITH A NEW PLAN. THEY HAVE NO IDEAS. THEIR THEME IS TO REPEAL AND THEN DELAY, OR SOMEDAY THEY'RE GOING TO COME UP WITH A NEW PLAN. YOU DON'T DESTROY A HOUSE WITHOUT HAVING ANOTHER HOUSE IN WHICH PEOPLE TO LIVE. YOU DON'T THROW 30 MILLION PEOPLE OFF OF HEALTH CARE WITHOUT HAVING A PLAN TO PROVIDE HEALTH CARE TO THOSE PEOPLE.
SHOCK OF ALL SHOCKS, OUR REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES WANT TO GIVE MASSIVE TAX BREAKS TO THE TOP 2%. NOW, AT A TIME WHEN THE TOP .1% OWNS ALMOST AS MUCH WEALTH AS THE BOTTOM 90%, WHEN THE TOP 1% IS EARNING -- EARNING 52% OF ALL NEW INCOME, YOU GO OUT AND YOU ASK YOUR CONSTITUENTS WHETHER WE SHOULD GIVE HUGE TAX BREAKS TO THE TOP 2%, AND THEY DON'T THINK THAT THAT IS A GOOD IDEA.
Following the Senate session, Bernie and other Democratic leaders held a press conference to demand Trump live up to his promises.
We can’t stay silent and watch Republicans dismantle our health care system.
On Sunday Jan. 15, Democratic members of Congress, trade unions, senior citizen groups, health care activists and all those who believe in economic and social justice are organizing a day of action called “Our First Stand: Save Health Care.” Rallies will be held around the country. Now I need to know that you’re in:
Add your name to demand that Congress protect and expand the health care needs of working families, not cut them. Tell Trump and Congress that they must pass legislation that makes the wealthy start paying their fair share of taxes instead of trying to slash life-or-death programs that tens of millions of Americans rely on.
Change will never happen from inside of Washington, D.C. — it will always come from our communities and the grassroots. That is what the history of America is all about. Whether it’s the creation of the trade union movement, the women’s movement, the civil right’s movement, the environmental movement, the gay rights movement and more, justice prevails when we stand together. We lose when we are divided or apathetic.
So Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and I have asked my colleagues in Congress to organize events in their states and their districts where people can come together and make their voices heard. We will win when we are all in this fight together.
Below is Trump’s original tweet that Bernie blew up to giant size and took to the Senate floor.
It appears people are now starting to RT and replying to it, demanding Trump veto any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. Put the boot on on Trump’s neck and demand he hold to his promises or be called a LIAR!