GOP SEN.: If You Like Bernie, Why Don’t You ‘Move to Caracas?’

‘If you like Bernie Sanders, why don’t you go ahead and move to Caracas?’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders reacts to Trump vowing not to let America become a socialist country. / IMAGE: Screenshot via Yahoo News

(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) People who support Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the Democratic primary should just move to Venezuela, said Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla.

Sanders recently released his proposed Medicare for All plan with a litany of tax-driven funding sources that would both soak the rich and target the middle class while fully nationalizing the health-insurance industry.

The socialist stalwart, who was blocked from the 2016 nomination by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, has brought those initiatives back to the 2020 campaign trail and led candidates on the Left in first-quarter fundraising, with more than $15 million.

Scott—a self-made multimillionaire who launched his career in the healthcare industry by rehabilitating failing hospitals—said Sanders would jeopardize America’s independence and free market capitalism if he were to win the White House.

“I’m going to the Venezuelan border next week. I’m going to Colombia. I’ll be at the Venezuelan border. If you like Bernie Sanders, why don’t you go ahead and move to Caracas?” Scott told CNBC, referring to Venezuela’s capital, which has been in constant turmoil under its authoritarian government’s socialist policies.

Despite his commonalities with Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas Maduro, Sanders has a “legitimate shot” at securing the Democratic nomination, Scott said.

Shockingly, Sanders saw a strong backing for his Medicare for All plan at a Fox News town hall on Monday in Pennsylvania, a state Trump won by more than 44,000 votes in 2016.

“Every year, millions of workers wake up in the morning and their employer has changed the insurance that they have,” Sanders said during the town hall. “Maybe they like their doctors. … So this is not new. Every year. Now, what we’re talking about is stability. That when you have a Medicare for All, it is there now and it will be there in the future.”

At one point, Fox’s Bret Baier asked attendees if they’d be willing to give up their private health insurance for a government-run health system. About half of the audience raised their hands, and some members cheered.

In addition, nearly every Democratic presidential candidate currently in the running has said he or she supports Sanders’s single-payer Medicare for All plan.

Co-sponsors of the bill filed last week included Sens. Cory Booker, D-NJ; Kamala Harris, D-Calif.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY; and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised to quickly bring Medicare for All to a floor vote, as he did with the Senate’s recently defeated Green New Deal bill.