Failing in frustration at the Democrats’ inability to coalesce around the massive reconciliation bill he favors, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had something of a mental lapse on Friday when he spuriously claimed that just two senators – not the true total of 52 – are thwarting the wishes of 48 others and thus scuttling his progressive fantasy, as Breitbart notes.
Sanders’ mathematical miscue came in a tweet in which the independent lawmaker railed, “2 senators cannot be allowed to defeat what 48 senators and 210 House members want. We must stand with the working families of our country. We must combat climate change. We must delay passing the Infrastructure Bill until we pass a strong Reconciliation Bill.”
Though Sanders was clearly referring to Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema, both of whom have declined to support the $3.5 trillion price tag on the reconciliation bill as it currently stands, his garbled reasoning and failure to mention the 50 GOP senators who also oppose the package quickly garnered the attention – and criticism – of the Twitterverse.
Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw was swift in his condemnation of Sanders’ gaffe, tweeting, “Lol in other words: ‘how can we let this pesky democracy get in the way of our socialism!’” adding, “But yeah, you guys definitely aren’t power hungry tyrants or anything.”
Tennessee GOP Sen. Marsha Blackburn took the opportunity to correct Sanders’ reasoning as well, saying, “Actually, it’s me and 51 other Senators from both sides of the aisle standing in between you and your radical agenda.”
Highlighting the glaring flaw in Sanders’ logic that it was just a pair of senators blocking realization of his radical spending spree, Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) instructed, “But 52 Senators can defeat your Big Government Socialism. The American people won’t stand for another power grab from a vocal minority.”
Offering a rudimentary lesson in basic math, conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza succinctly pointed out to Sanders that “It’s not two Senators. It’s two Democratic Senators plus 50 Republican Senators. That’s called a 52-48 majority.”
Injecting a bit of humor into the conversation, Fox News personality Steve Hilton called Sanders’ fuzzy calculations “brilliant! This is the kind of Democrat math that turns a $3.5 trillion price tag into ‘zero,’” referencing President Joe Biden’s recent proclamation that his “Build Back Better” plan effectively costs nothing.
Though the immediate pile-on of Sanders’ bizarre misstatement of how our legislative system works was certainly amusing to watch, it is even more heartening to see the growing desperation on the left that led the senator to make such a floundering assertion in the first place.