On Thursday night, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made an appearance on CNN’s “OutFront” with Erin Burnett and had a warning for Republicans.
Sanders and Burnett discussed the Republican town halls that have been happening across the nation and the fact that some GOP representatives have made the conscious decision to avoid partaking in them at all.
Host Erin Burnett asked Sanders if he knew why some GOP representatives were concerned for heir safety.
Sanders responded, “no, I don’t. No, I honestly don’t. And I don’t accept it for a minute. If you don’t have the guts to face your constituents, then you shouldn’t be in the United States Congress.”
He continued, saying that it’s fine to have security at meetings if necessary, but was critical of the representatives’ use of the possible threat of violence to avoid the town halls.
“But don’t use that as an excuse to run away from your constituents after you support repealing the Affordable Care Act, throwing 20 million people off of health insurance, doing away with pre-existing conditions, he explained.
Later in the segment, Burnett asked Sanders about the White House’s claim that the individuals showing up to the town halls are paid protesters.
“Look, I hope I do not shock your viewers by telling you that the White House occasionally lies and that’s just another lie… I think you are seeing people organizing effectively, but unlike the Tea Party, this is not being funded by billionaire class.”
He continued, “there are people all over this country now — and by the way it’s not just Democrats, there are Republicans who are looking at Trump and the White House and they’re saying, ‘Hey, you told us, Mr. President, that you were not going to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.'”
Sanders then explicitly targeted U.S. President Donald Trump directly.
“‘You sent out a million tweets promising us you wouldn’t do it, now you have brought into your administration people whose whole career is based on cutting Social security, Medicare and Medicaid. You told us, Mr. President when you were campaigning, you were going to stand up to Wall Street. You brought half of Wall Street into your administration. What’s going on?’”
The Vermont senator later issued a warning to these Republicans, saying,
“I think the Republicans have not seen anything yet. If they’re worried about the protests they’re seeing, they’re going to see more. This coming Saturday we believe there will be well over 100 protests.”
Watch the clip here: