‘The President is right!’ Sanders uses Trump tweet to rip GOP over stimulus checks
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) excoriated Republican lawmakers on Wednesday for refusing to hold a vote on President Trump’s demand to increase direct stimulus payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) poison-pilled the stimulus increase on Wednesday by tying it to repealing an Internet liability law known as Section 230 and setting up a commission to investigate the election. Thus, the bill failed just as McConnell knew it would.
Sanders zeroed in on McConnell and said he should listen to people in his own state on “how they feel about the need for immediate help.” Trump has also called out McConnell for torpedoing the increase as political suicide for Republicans.
“I have a strong feeling that the people of Kentucky will respond no differently than the people of Vermont or New York,” Sanders said.
He also reiterated his request to have a vote on the $2,000 stimulus checks with no strings attached. McConnell could have had the stimulus increase stand alone for a vote.
“All that we are asking for is a vote. What is the problem?! Allow the United States senators to cast a vote as to whether or not they are for the $2,000 check or they are against it.” he asked.
Americans are in desperate need of financial relief because of the pandemic and the crisis the Democrats have weaponized. Republicans have stood against stimulus checks because they see this as fiscally irresponsible. However, considering the pork-laden bills they are shoving through while giving Americans a pittance to cover their bills, it is small wonder that Americans are increasingly angry over what politicians on both sides of the aisle are up to these days.
Sanders then spoke of Trump as an “unlikely ally,” featuring a giant display of the president’s “$2,000 ASAP!” tweet.
“Nobody here has disagreed with Trump more times than I have, and yet here is what the leader of the Republican party says. He says ‘$2,000 ASAP!’ So even on this issue, amazingly enough, the President of the United States is right!” the Vermont senator emphasized.
In an early Tuesday morning retweet describing Sanders’s plan, Trump wrote, “Give the people $2000, not $600. They have suffered enough!”
Sanders has been at the forefront in demanding a straight up-or-down vote on $2,000 in direct payments to Americans in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The effort was passed with support from both parties in the House, and there are Republican senators, including Marco Rubio and Josh Hawley, who are open to increasing the payments.
Sanders does have an agenda that goes far beyond this which is very socialist in nature. He wants a basic income for Americans paid by the government every month and this is a step towards that goal.
McConnell opposed having that direct vote and tied the payments to the president’s personal objectives concerning voter fraud and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. As a result of that move, after a series of procedural votes to move the annual National Defense Authorization Act forward, Democrats are objecting to a speedy vote to override President Trump’s veto of the bill. Sanders will keep his word and bog that down. All of this makes Republicans look very bad just before a do-or-die Senate runoff in Georgia and Sanders is capitalizing on it.
This week on the Senate floor Mitch McConnell wants to vote to override Trump's veto of the $740 billion defense funding bill and then head home for the New Year.
I'm going to object until we get a vote on legislation to provide a $2,000 direct payment to the working class.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 28, 2020
Sanders said he’s encouraged by the Republicans backing this push while admitting that he doesn’t know if they have enough votes for it to pass and it didn’t. In the end, the effort was negated and the American people once again wound up on the losing end of legislative fights.
Bernie also said on Fox News: “I think President Trump is the most dangerous president in the history of our country—but he happens to be right on this issue.”