The Senate is currently debating the repeal of Obamacare. And since Senators love their visual aids, it makes sense that Bernie Sanders brought one along with him to work today. But Bernie’s sign marks the dawn of a new era in a lot of ways. He literally just printed out a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump.
To help demonstrate his point that Donald Trump promised not to cut Medicare and Medicaid benefits, Bernie decided that perhaps his argument could best be made with Trump’s own words. Or own characters, as it were.
The tweet dates from May of 2015 and proclaimed, “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.”
Bernie said that if Trump plans to cut Medicare or Medicaid that he should just admit now that he was lying.
“Millions of people voted for him on the belief that he would keep his word,” Sanders said on the Senate floor, referring to Trump’s promises during the election campaign.
“If he was sincere, then I would hope that tomorrow or maybe today he could send out a tweet and tell his Republican colleagues to stop wasting their time and all of our time. And for Mr. Trump to tell the American people that he will veto any proposal that cuts Medicare, that cuts Medicaid or that cuts Social Security.”
This is it. This is how the world ends. Not with rival tweet fights but with gigantic printed out tweets.
Update, 3:46pm: And if you were wondering who might be the poor soul who had to lug that huge printed out tweet around DC, allow us to paint the picture for you.
Mike Casca, Deputy Communications Director for Bernie Sanders, apparently got a chuckle out of Ted Cruz today while taking the tweet into the Senate.
Update, 3:52pm: And, of course, it’s getting meme’d now:
Update 4:25pm: Hey look, there’s a Photoshop contest now, brought to you by Gizmodo.