Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared with host Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
Before plunging into problems such as Sanders ‘ Medicare-for-all scheme, Tapper questioned the Senator and Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 about the latest comments made by President Trump about Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Baltimore City:
TAPPER: I know you want to talk about issues, but I do also want to talk about what President Trump said about your former colleague in the House Elijah Cummings and his district being “a disgusting rat and rodent infested mess that no human being would want to live in.” What’s your response?
SANDERS: Jake, it’s unbelievable that we have a president of the United States who attacks American cities, who attacks Americans, who attacks somebody who’s a friend of mine. Elijah Cummings is one of the most decent and outstanding members of the House of Representatives. He fights every day to improve life in his community.
I do find it interesting that, when we have rural Republican districts where life expectancy is going down, where downtowns are boarded up, where people are struggling – and people are struggling in rural America. They’re struggling in urban America. They’re struggling in suburban America.
Our job is to bring people together, to improve life for all people, not to have a racist president who attacks people because they are African Americans. That is a disgrace. And that is why we’re going to defeat this president.
On Sunday, the official Twitter account “Trump War Room” published a 2015 video in which Sen. Sanders dismisses West Baltimore:
Bernie Sanders visited Rep. Elijah Cummings district in 2015. He was shocked by what he saw.
“You would think that you were in a third world country,” Sanders said. “We’re talking about a community in which there are hundreds of buildings that are uninhabitable.” pic.twitter.com/nqlCJS34RM
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 28, 2019
But anyone who took the walk that we took around this neighborhood would not think you’re in a wealthy nation; you would think that you were in a Third World country. … But today, what we’re talking about is a community in which half of the people don’t have jobs. We’re talking about a community in which there are hundreds of buildings that are uninhabitable. We’re talking about a community where kids are unable to go to schools that are decent.
A tweet from 2016 was dug up. Bernie tweeted: “Residents of Baltimore’s poorest boroughs have lifespans shorter than people living under dictatorship in North Korea. That is a disgrace.”
Sen. Sanders would do well to remember the statistics, as well as his own phrases from just four years ago, before castigating the president with regard to his tweets.