2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders attempted to show off his boxing skills during a recent interview with Vice News, but things did not seem to go according to plan for the Vermont senator.
Working with a speed bag for cameras, the 77-year-old socialist accidentally hit himself in the face and nearly knocked himself to the ground as he was trying to punch the speed bag. Making matters worse, Sanders tried to take a swing at the speed bag after getting hit in the face and he missed it entirely.
Vice News’ Elizabeth Landers said the incident took place at the Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky.
The reporter also said on Twitter that Sanders said after hitting the speed bag that he may need to get one to get out his “aggression.”
“A little behind the scenes for our @vicenews shoot: in the Muhammad Ali Center, @BernieSanders took a few jabs at the speed bag, joking to his staff that he may need to get one to get out ‘my damn aggression,'” she tweeted.
A little behind the scenes for our @vicenews shoot: in the Muhammad Ali Center, @BernieSanders took a few jabs at the speed bag, joking to his staff that he may need to get one to get out “my damn aggression” pic.twitter.com/GRLo6xzO0K
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) August 25, 2019
The whole scene did not turn out to be a good look for the presidential candidate as the clip of him knocking himself in the face with the speed bag instantly went viral and earned him plenty of mockery on social media.
“This wouldn’t exactly strike fear in the minds of our adversaries. Imagine this guy sitting across the table negotiating with world leaders?” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted in reaction to the video, which can be watched below:
This wouldn’t exactly strike fear in the minds of our adversaries. Imagine this guy sitting accross the table negotiating with world leaders? pic.twitter.com/FdErYWwAyo
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 28, 2019
“The only thing Bernie does worse than punching speed bags is not kissing communist a**,” Daily Wire editor-in-chief and conservative author Ben Shapiro tweeted.
“Taking just one more swing at ‘real’ socialism,” Young Americans Against Socialism tweeted.
Taking just one more swing at "real" socialismpic.twitter.com/UqheAjfOD3
— Young Americans Against Socialism (@YAAS_America) August 27, 2019
“Me, drunk attacking my fridge at 3am because my roommate ate all of the pizza rolls,” another Twitter user wrote about the video, which is sure to turn into a popular GIF that haunts the senator soon enough.
Me, drunk attacking my fridge at 3am because my roommate ate all of the pizza rollspic.twitter.com/h6gvoU9mQb
— Old Row (@OldRowOfficial) August 27, 2019
Another user reacted to the video by saying, “I don’t think Bernie has a firm grasp on physics. He was going for a knockout punch when the bag came back and whacked him in the face.”
“Every once in a while a video comes along that you didn’t know you needed to see but once you see it you realize you SO needed to see it. This video of Bernie Sanders trying to punch a punching bag is just such a video,” another user wrote.
To put the video in even more embarrassing context, Sanders tried to talk tough against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell while he was recently visiting Kentucky, where McConnell is a senator.
“I say to Mitch McConnell: Please stand with the working people in Kentucky and America, not your wealthy campaign contributors,” Sanders said about the Republican senator.
Sanders criticized McConnell for supposedly blocking important legislation when it comes to immigration and raising the federally mandated minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour.
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