Sanders claims amnesia when confronted with 2013 quote blasting GOP over shutdown threat.
Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ memory is slipping.
MSNBC confronted Sanders over comments he made in 2013 amid a looming government shutdown, with the obvious implication that Democrats are doing the exact same thing Sanders accused Republicans of five years ago.
“Budget chief Mick Mulvaney was a congressman, as you remember, the last time there was a government shutdown in 2013, and he named you this morning when he was talking about what you had to say then, lets listen,” MSNBC’s Ali Velshi told Sanders before previewing a clip of Mulvaney.
“’What they are saying to the American people tonight is maybe we have lost the presidential election, maybe we’ve lost seats in the Senate and the House’ – this is Sanders talking in 2013 – ‘it doesn’t matter we can now bring the government to a shutdown, throw some 800,000 hardworking Americans out on the street, we’re going to get our way no matter what,’” Mulvaney, Trump’s director of Management and Budget, said in the clip.
The current threat by Senate Democrats to oppose a measure to keep the government running through mid-February over demands of amnesty for illegal immigrants in Obama’s former Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program “is exactly what they accuse Republicans of doing back in 2013,” Mulvaney said.
“There is absolutely no reason to have to insert a DACA discussion, an immigration discussion, into the funding bill today,” he said.
“Senator, your response?” Velshi questioned Sanders.
“I, that doesn’t sound like … I’m not … I don’t recall saying anything like that,” Sanders said.
Footage from C-SPAN2 posted to YouTube on September 27, 2013 shows Sanders did, in fact, say something like that. more