Sen. Bernie Sanders used a giant prop on the Senate floor to make his point against Donald Trump’s rhetoric on health care.
The Vermont senator and former presidential candidate displayed a large poster of one of the president-elect’s old tweets during a speech on Wednesday.
Sanders called out Trump with the tweet from May 2015 in which he claimed he was “the first & only potential GOP candidate” who was against cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
“This was a central part of his campaign,” Sanders argued, as he went on to read other tweets by Trump.
At a press conference earlier in the day, Sanders cited the same tweet, adding that he was going to “quote somebody who I suspect I will not often be quoting.”
“Either Donald Trump simply lied to the elderly and working people of this country, and just made campaign promises that he had no intention of keeping,” Sanders said, “or there is another reality, and that is right now before congress wastes an enormous amount of time, Donald Trump has got to come forward—maybe through his tweets—and say clearly that Donald Trump will veto any legislation that cuts medicare, cuts medicaid, or cuts social security.”
At least one fellow senator reportedly got a chuckle out of the visual aid used by Sanders to troll Trump on the Senate floor.
earlier today, sen. ted cruz chuckled when i walked past him carrying this poster. pic.twitter.com/65iAY2106p
— mike casca (@cascamike) January 4, 2017
Social media users were quick to put their unique spin on the poster, launching off endless memes on Twitter.
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— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) January 4, 2017
This chart Bernie brought to the Senate floor is wild. pic.twitter.com/8nwXYuFVPr
— Maggie Serota ?? (@maggieserota) January 4, 2017
— Annie Colbert (@anniecolbert) January 4, 2017
bernie continues to speak truth to power pic.twitter.com/dpLQx8nBzr
— David Mack (@davidmackau) January 4, 2017
Almost didn’t recognize him pic.twitter.com/p5eto814t2
— Jordan Freiman (@JordanFreiman) January 4, 2017
Oh snap, now Bernie’s coming with the Arthur memes @fivefifths pic.twitter.com/tkqrnhS6sm
— Zachary Fedell (@zatchry) January 4, 2017
wonder how many photoshops of this sign will exist before 5? https://t.co/tk6wxyNkBU
— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) January 4, 2017
— same jeff diff year (@thecultureofme) January 4, 2017
— Jessica Roy (@JessicaKRoy) January 4, 2017
Bernie Sanders teaching everyone a valuable lesson pic.twitter.com/I5dUHSPgs6
— Gavin Somers (@gaviiins) January 4, 2017
— The Infamous Sergio (@NostromoSerg) January 4, 2017