‘Trump said this election was about him. It was, he lost, that’s a good thing…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Bernie Sanders joined “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert to discuss his new book, “Where We Go From Here: Two Years in the Resistance.”
He talked about Medicare for All becoming mainstream, the 2020 presidential field, and took some shots at President Donald Trump.
Colbert brought up the death of former President George H.W. Bush, asking Sanders, “How quickly would you take him back?”
Sanders used it as a chance to criticize Trump.
“First of all, let’s not forget when we talk about H.W. Bush, he was a war hero,” Sanders said. “Of course I disagreed with him, but he was an honest man, he was a decent man, he loved his country very much, and you know, we wish that we could have a president who is honest back in the White House again.”
Colbert asked Sanders about the results of the 2018 midterm elections.
“A lot better now than before the midterms. Democrats won 40 seats, now control the House, won several governors’ seats and several hundred seats in state legislatures all over the country,” Sanders said. “So I think, as I recall, Trump said this election was about him. It was, he lost, that’s a good thing.”
“It’s not a normal loss, but a loss by a big margin,” Colbert added. “Evidently, it’s the largest actual vote total margin ever in the midterms, and at 8.6 percent it’s the largest percentage win in 32 years.”
“The point you’re making is actually the results would have been better if we did not have this outrageous level of gerrymandering, which exists all over this country, and voter suppression—efforts to try to make it harder in our democracy for people to vote, which is an outrage, which we have got to deal with immediately.”
Colbert said that when Sanders ran for president in 2016 and begin advocating Medicare for All, it was considered a fringe idea, but now many Democrats support it.
“A few years ago, when we said that healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and that we should create a Medicare for All single-payer, I was told, ‘I’m crazy. It’s extreme. I’m a fringe guy.’” Seventy percent of the American people in the last polls that I’ve seen now support Medicare for All,” Sanders said.
Colbert also asked Sanders whether he would run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
“The answer is, look, when you run for president of the United States, especially in this ugly political world that we live in right now, it is a very difficult decision for one’s family. And what I am looking at very hard right now is trying to—and there are some really good people out there, many personal friends of mine, who are thinking about running as well—and I’m trying to ascertain, quite honestly, going beyond ego, A. which candidate has the best chance to beat Trump and B. which candidate’s ideas can most turn this country around so that we have a government that works for all of us and not just the people on top.”
Sanders talked about favorites like Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Beto O’Rourke.
“One has to try to be objective, not subjective, and say, ‘OK, do I think I can be the best candidate in helping to turn the country around and helping defeat Trump?’ That’s kind of where we are right now,” Sanders said.
Watch the conversation between Colbert and Sanders: