Senator Bernie Sanders recently went off on a verbal tirade regarding the voting decisions of Senator Joe Manchin.
Manchin has proven to be a thorn in more radical representatives’ side, especially as he refuses to back legislation pushing massive spending on climate change.
Despite Manchin discouraging even more government spending during times of unprecedented inflation, Sanders takes serious issue with Manchin’s nod towards fiscal restraint, insisting that climate change clearly constitutes “an existential threat to humanity.”
Sanders also dismissed Manchin’s sound reasoning for discouraging excessive government spending at this juncture in time, especially as many Americans already find daily costs to be untenable.
When Sanders was asked about Manchin’s prudence, the Vermont senator was not at all impressed, raging that Manchin’s discussion regarding the dangers of excessive government spending is simply the “same nonsense that [he] has been talking about for a year.”
Senator Sanders is not just irritated with Senator Manchin, however, as he also expressed his ire towards President Joe Biden for his alleged deference to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
“You have a leader of a country who was involved in the murder of a Washington Post journalist [Jamal Khashoggi],” Sanders remarked, “I don’t think that type of government should be rewarded with a visit by the president of the United States.”
Sanders argued that maintaining a visibly cozy relationship with such a regime will also discredit the United States in terms of its ostensible support of human rights and other issues associated with Saudi Arabia.
“If this country believes in anything, we believe in human rights; we believe in democracy,” Sanders asserted, “and I just don’t believe that we should be maintaining a warm relationship with a dictatorship like that.”
Sanders’s comments are even more salient in light of the criticism Biden has received for his fist bump with the prince.
The senator also took issue with oil companies, who he asserted are taking clear advantage of the current crisis in order to bring in record profits.
“And I happen to believe that we’ve got to tell the oil companies to stop ripping off the American people,” Sanders intoned, “and if they don’t, we should impose a windfall profits tax on them.”