Never mind the pandemic, when are you dropping out? Bernie Sanders gets a raw deal on ‘The View’
Democrat presidential contender Bernie Sanders got quite a hostile reception on ABC’s ‘The View’, with the hosts more interested in pressuring him to drop out than in his proposal to deal with Covid-19 by nationalizing healthcare.
Sanders should have realized the fix he was in when ABC aired the promo announcing his upcoming live appearance, literally accusing him of “politicizing this pandemic to push his agenda of Medicare for All” and implying his staying in the race could “guarantee” President Donald Trump another term.
Things went no better once Sanders Skyped into the show from his home in Burlington, Vermont, only to have to disconnect due to technical problems with the sound. Host Whoopi Goldberg – an outspoken supporter of Joe Biden, former vice-president and the preferred candidate of the Democrat establishment – pressured Sanders to explain why he is not dropping out of the presidential race.
“Last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote, and they have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America,” Sanders responded.
Sen. @BernieSanders when asked why he’s staying in the race: "Last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote, and they have a right to vote for the agenda that they think can work for America.”“We are assessing our campaign,” he adds. https://t.co/9EgCsAUT3qpic.twitter.com/voCGRgMRm5— The View (@TheView) April 1, 2020
While Sanders bashes Trump as much – or maybe more – as Biden does, the key platform that sets him apart is his plan to establish nationalized healthcare. Medicare is currently the government-run healthcare assistance program for senior citizens, and Sanders wishes to expand it into a de facto national health service, along the lines of the UK’s NHS.
True to the promo, host Sunny Hostin wondered if Sanders was “using” the pandemic to push his agenda, but actually asked the question about his proposal in a fair manner once the connection was re-established. Her colleague Sara Haines, however, insisted on “pushing back,” saying that socialized healthcare means long wait times for treatment.
Bernie Sanders tells @TheView the coronavirus pandemic highlights the need for Medicare-for-all: “We have the absurd situation that the recent stimulus bill covered you for the cost of the testing that you may need … it did not cover the treatment.” https://t.co/XqBZIxsIGRpic.twitter.com/9j2qIDiSAU— ABC News (@ABC) April 1, 2020
Sanders was allowed to make his case – that the primary purpose of the US healthcare system is to make billions for insurance companies and healthcare providers, not to actually provide care for people. Medicare for All is “not a radical idea, it does what every other major country on Earth does: it guarantees healthcare to all of our people not tied to employment,” he argued.
Ironically, the current system – under which employers are expected to provide health insurance as a benefit – arose as a side effect of WWII wage caps established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a Democrat who radically transformed the US government and expanded social programs during his 1933-1945 tenure.Also on rt.com ‘I served in the war she championed!’: Tulsi & The View’s Behar face off in tense exchange over Clinton & ‘Russian asset’ smears
This is not the first time ‘The View’ has carried water for the Democrat establishment. Some viewers may recall Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) having to defend herself against Hillary Clinton’s absurd allegations that she was a “Russian asset,” which host Joy Behar took at face value back in November 2019.
The show’s treatment of Sanders, from the promo to the questions, did not go unnoticed by the senator’s supporters and some critical journalists, who panned ‘The View’ for its partisanship and unethical behavior.
The View & Whoopi Goldberg's treatment of Bernie Sanders was so horrendous that I hope Bernie never returns to their show.This is extremely unethical and gross. If anyone thinks that this helps Joe Biden against Trump, it doesn't. This makes your side weaker.— Tania Singh (@TwinklingTania) April 1, 2020
We have 2 Rapists running for President & the View attacks Bernie Sanders, the only person with no rape allegations, who's running to guarantee Healthcare which would be a game changer in the Coronavirus Pandemic Crisis. I know it's April fools, but the only Joke is The View.— kyle jones (@KyleLovesBernie) April 1, 2020
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