There is no love lost between Bernie Sanders and President Trump. But on the question of Twitter de-platforming a sitting POTUS, his comments on a NYTimes-affiliated podcast did surprise us.
Ezra Klein had Bernie Sanders as a guest on his podcast and the topic of his loathed nemesis being booted from Twitter came up. Being Bernie Sanders, he still found a way to be petty and horrible about it, but he did have at least one thing to say that was worth noticing.
He isn’t crowing about Trump’s Twitter ban like so many of his peers are. Not exactly.
Maybe being burned by the DNC in at least one, and possibly two, primaries has hightened his awareness that dirty tricks played against an adversary can all-too-easily be turned against you as well.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is by no means a fan of former President Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean he feels “particularly comfortable” with Twitter’s decision to permanently ban him from the social media platform.
“Look, you have a former president in Trump who is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe, a pathological liar, an authoritarian, somebody who doesn’t believe in the rule of law,” the Vermont independent lawmaker told the New York Times podcast “The Ezra Klein Show.” “This is a bad news guy. But if you’re asking me, do I feel particularly comfortable that the president, the then-president of the United States could not express his views on Twitter? I don’t feel comfortable about it.” —Newsmax
Now, we might have preferred he had make this statement without all the unfounded slanderous adjectives, but Bernie has never been one to pass up opportunities to repeat even the most demonstrably facile lie while pushing an obviously authoritarian agenda that uses compassion, race and gender as a fig leaf to trample the Constituion and the Rule of Law.
So, basically, Bernie was describing himself with those unflattering words.
But the point about silencing a sitting President? He’s right to ‘not feel comfortable’ about it.
Fortunately for him, he’s old enough that he’s unlikely to see the repercussions of the authoritarian left’s dystopian hellscape he’s trying to refashion America into.
Less fortunately for most of the rest of us, WE are NOT.
If we don’t get to work at pushing us back in the direction of freedom, the changes they are making just might stick. And all the world would be the poorer for it. (Literally)