On the Conan O’Brien show, Bernie responded to Conan’s observation that, “We thought that maybe if Trump became elected… the tweets would stop. He is tweeting regularly, and here is one of his latest conspiracy tweets, “In addition to winning the electoral college in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” — what’s your take on that?”
Bernie responds with stark wisdom and says this:
“This is what is scary about it. When he says that, he’s really sending a signal to Republicans all over this country, Republican leaders, and what he’s saying is: “We have got to suppress the vote, we have got to make it harder for poor people, people of color, immigrants, elderly people, to participate because they may be voting against us.” And that’s scary stuff.”
Conan’s next question was what Bernie thought about Trump tweeting that flag burners should go to jail and maybe even lose their citizenship.
“Two responses to that. Let’s see, we have massive income and wealth inequality. We have 43 million people living in poverty. We have to deal with climate change which is threatening the existence of the planet. And he’s talking about three people who might burn the American flag. The second point there is a hidden message again. And that is be careful if you are prepared to dissent. What he is really saying is, “If you really want to dissent, be careful. It’s not just the American flag here, we’re watching you.” That’s what’s scary about that.”
Watch the interview here:
What do you think? Is Trump right in his ideas, or is Bernie?