If anyone thought Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was going to take a backseat after the Democrats lost the presidential election, he’s proving them wrong in a major way. Now more than ever, Sanders is leading the movement against the corporate wealthy and passionate as ever about protecting Americans from the harmful Republican agenda.
Yesterday during a CNN town hall, Bernie Sanders took a break from pleasantries to lay into a Trump voter who seriously needed some perspective. When CNN host Chris Cuomo called on Jim Jacobs from Pennsylvania, it was clear that this Trump voter had something against President Barack Obama – and Sanders saw right through it.
Jacobs, who was a businessman, immediately complained about the taxes he had to pay as a business owner, and Sanders set him straight on national television. Jacobs asked:
My question is this. I’m a business owner and we keep getting kicked in the teeth by this administration. It’s regulation after regulation and tax after tax. What Donald Trump does understand is the complexities of business and to reward the person who takes the risk. My question is: this country was founded on entrepreneurship. Why is this administration so against the business owner? Please tell me.”
Sanders immediately disagreed and said, “I don’t think this administration, the Obama Administration you’re referring to, is so against the business owner.”
Right away, Jacobs grew disrespectful and challenged Sanders, “Oh, really?”
Sanders had no patience for this. He said:
Yeah, Obama did raise — I don’t know your income, and I’m not concerned about your income.”
Jacobs grew even more visibly frustrated, claiming “That matters!” – and Sanders cut him right off. Sanders continued:
Excuse me. He raised taxes on the top 1 percent or 2 percent, and I would have gone further. 5 percent of all new income generated today goes to the top 1 percent, so you and I may have a difference. But yeah, I do believe that billionaires and multi-millionaires should be paying more in taxes. ”
Jacobs tried to strengthen his argument, but ultimately failed. He said:
I’m business owner, I’m not a multi-billionaire, I’m not a millionaire. You haven’t lived until you’ve put a payroll on your credit card. This is the reality of the backbone of this country.”
But Sanders wasn’t having it. Sticking to his guns about gutting corporate greed from this country, Sanders shot back:
Well, the backbone of this country, I think we should support entrepreneurship. We should support small business. But I am not supportive of large multi-national corporations that make millions and don’t pay a nickel in taxes, nor am I supportive of those corporations who throw American workers out on the street and move to China or Mexico.”
The Trump supporter was left stunned and disappointed, shocked that Sanders had set him straight in front of everyone. You can watch this brilliant moment below:
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