President Donald Trump was blasted as an “ignorant” who doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to political labels after he accused 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of being a “communist” on Sunday night.
“I think he’s a communist. I mean, you know, look, I think of communism when I think of Bernie,” Trump told Fox News‘ Sean Hannity during an interview that aired during the network’s pre-game Super Bowl coverage.
Social media users and members of the informed public responded by pointing out that Trump’s comments were only among the latest examples of him promoting overt falsehoods, and calling his attacks on Sanders “shameful.”
Trump calls Bernie Sanders a communist in a preview of what he would do if Sanders won the Democratic nomination. pic.twitter.com/DvYArL8Put
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) February 2, 2020
Progressives noted that the line of attack contains a silver lining in that shows the label “socialism” no longer scares the American voting public as it once did.
If this is all they can do (and it is) Bernie’s going to pulverize them. https://t.co/Bmtqw02sca
— Amir (@AmirAminiMD) February 3, 2020
Shameful, shameless & also shows what an ignorant, amnesiac Trump is. Reagan met with then Soviet leader Gorbachev— a month after Sanders visited Russia— to cut some wise https://t.co/eNRPpR1O09 Trump, Is Reagan a communist? https://t.co/OseuNlPNXK
— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) February 3, 2020
California resident Max Riedlsperger, in a letter to the San Luis Obispo Tribune published Monday morning, wrote:
“If Donald Trump really thinks Bernie Sanders’ “democratic socialism” is equivalent to Soviet-style communism, then the renowned Wharton School, with which he identifies himself, should consider revoking his degree.
Bernie Sanders promotes the kind of democratic socialism that is practiced in Denmark and was featured favorably in two recent articles in The Tribune. Indeed, virtually all the countries of western and central Europe are, to a greater or lesser degree, social democracies, blending democratic governmental systems with capitalism and an extensive social sector. The German constitution specifically states that the economy will be a “social market economy.”
Communism is the totalitarian system that collapsed in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the ’90s and bears no relationship to democratic socialism.”