Bernie Sanders Responds to Trump Address: Hard Not to Laugh Out Loud

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Bernie Sanders urges his supporters in response to Donald Trump's speech, 'Continue the fight.' February 28, 2017.
Bernie Sanders urges his supporters in response to Donald Trump's speech, 'Continue the fight.' February 28, 2017.Credit: Screen grab

Former presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took apart President Trump's speech to Congress on Tuesday night, urging his supporters to "keep showing up, to keep calling Congress and continue the fight" against the Trump administration. 

"Only together when millions of people stand up for economic justice, for social justice, for racial justice, for environmental justice, only then can we create the political revolution that will turn this country around," continued Sanders

In a 15 minute Facebook video, Sanders went point by point criticizing Trump's speech for leaving out important issues from the "Citizen's United" Supreme Court decision to not addressing Medicare and Medicaid. 

While conceding that Trump took a positive tone during the speech, Sanders argued, "It doesn't sound so good if you dig just a little deeper beneath the surface."

Sanders slammed Trump for breaking his pledge to "drain the swamp" and his hypocrsy on global warming and environmental issues. "I had a difficult time not laughing out loud when he said that," joked Sanders in reference to Trump's pledge to ensure clean air and water in the U.S. Trump had boasted earlier in the speech about clearing the path to finish the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines. 

"I did not hear President Trump say one word, not one word, about Social Security or Medicare," he said. "President Trump promised over and over and over again that he would not cut Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid."

Sander's repeated a regular criticism of Trump, insisting Trump "keep his promise" to protect the healthcare of the American people and "tell the American people [or] tweet to the American people" he will not cut entitlement spending.

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