Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was ambushed at South Carolina’s Democratic debate Tuesday night, when fellow candidates condemned the self-proclaimed socialist for his past praise of communist icons and for his socialist economic plans that would bankrupt America.
The week before Super Tuesday, Democratic candidates took aim at the frontrunning Sanders for what proved to be the most testy exchanges of any debate so far this season, as the socialist’s broad and costly plans were attacked as “catastrophic” policies that would hand the election to President Donald Trump this fall.
Now or never
It appeared Democrats on the stage were in panic mode to weed Sanders out before his lead hits the point of no return.
“[C]andidates frequently sparred with the moderators and ripped into each other on spending, foreign policy and more, but fears have spread among the remaining candidates and establishment Democrats that Sanders – fresh off wins in several states – could soon be unstoppable,” Fox News reported. “Seconds into the event, Sanders downplayed historic-low unemployment numbers by arguing that the economy was only going well for ‘people like’ former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg – prompting Bloomberg to quickly bring up recent reports that Russia is working to help Sanders' campaign.”
Bloomberg – the one who bore the brunt of last week’s attacks – stepped his own attack up on Sanders … and Trump.
"I think that Donald Trump thinks it would be better if he's president – I do not think so,” Bloomberg posed, according to Fox. "Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that's why Russia is helping you get elected, so you'll lose to him."
Before long, Bloomberg was accused of supporting Chinese President Xi Jinping, while Sanders was condemned for commending communist Cuban dictator Fidel Castor’s literacy program that President Barack Obama lauded years back. Sanders’ claim of Obama cozying up to Castro and his policy’s struck a chord of anger in former Vice President Joe Biden.
"I've gotta speak – Barack Obama was abroad; he was in a town meeting. He did not in any way suggest there was anything positive about the Cuban government,” Biden barked. “He acknowledged that they did increase life expectancy, but he went on to condemn the dictatorship. ... He does not, did not, has never embraced an authoritarian regime, and does not now. This man, in fact, did not condemn what they did."
Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg then took the opportunity to take stabs at Sanders and Trump at the same time.
"I am not looking forward to a scenario where it comes down to Donald Trump with his nostalgia for the social order of the 1950s, and Bernie Sanders with a nostalgia for the revolutionary politics of the 1960s,” the first openly homosexual presidential candidate inserted. “We're not gonna win these critical House and Senate races if people in these races have to explain why the nominee of the Democratic Party is telling people to look at the bright side of the Castro regime."
Then it was Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-Minn.) turn to jump into the fray against Sanders, by bringing up the proposal he divulged Monday about seizing trillions of dollars of “net worth” from America’s wealthiest people – a poorly thought-out plan that did not foresee individuals transferring their assets to avoid his seizure if he was elected president. A drop in the stock market dwindling assets’ value because of pulled investments was not considered either.
This was considered her biggest blow of the night.
“Sen. Amy Klobuchar took Sen. Bernie Sanders to task over his ‘Medicare for All’ health care plan,” Townhall tweeted Wednesday.
"The math does not add up – in fact, just on '60 Minutes' this weekend, he said he wasn't gonna rattle through the ‘nickles and dimes.’ Well, let me tell you how many nickels and dimes we're talking about," Klobuchar asserted. "Nearly $60 trillion. Do you know how much that is, for all of his programs? That's three times the American economy. Not the federal government – the entire economy."
Sanders then complained about being picked on.
"I'm hearing my name mentioned a little bit tonight – I wonder why," Sanders objected when Buttigieg derided Sanders’ “incredible shrinking price tag” for his programs.
"If you want to keep the House in Democratic hands, you might want to check with the people who actually turned the House blue [in 2016]," Buttigieg advised Sanders. "Forty Democrats who are not running on your platform – they are running away from your platform as fast as they possibly can. ... Let's listen to them, when they say they don't want to be out there defending your programs."
Bullying Bloomberg again
With many anticipating her possibly being Sanders’ running mate, Warren was the only one not ganging up on Sanders Tuesday night, so she continued her barrage on Bloomberg from last week.
"In 2012, [Bloomberg] scooped in to try to defend another Republican senator against a woman challenger," Warren asserted. "That was me. It didn't work, but he tried hard. I don't care how much money Mayor Bloomberg has – the core of the Democratic Party will never trust him."
She then recounted a self-contradicting story she was mocked for about being fired as a teacher due to her pregnancy in order to take a jab at Bloomberg.
"At least I didn't have a boss who said to me, 'Kill it,' the way Mr. Bloomberg is alleged to have said to one of his pregnant employees," Warren insisted.
Gaffe machine back at it
Biden grossly exaggerated numbers in an exchange with Sanders when he hit him on pharmaceuticals, tobacco and guns.
"Imagine if I stood here and said we give immunity to drug companies, we give immunity to tobacco companies," Biden shouted. "That has caused carnage on our streets!"
The ridiculous number was missed by few.
"A hundred and fifty million people have been killed since 2007 – when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability!" Biden claimed. "More than all the wars, including Vietnam, from that point on!"
One conservative media outlet commented on how absurd the number was.
“The bizarre suggestion that about half of the population of the United States had been killed by gun violence was mocked and ridiculed on social media,” TheBlaze pointed out.
The left-leaning media also weighed in on Biden’s astronomical blunder.
"For the record, that's impossible," Politico stressed.