WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders livestreamed a surly response to President Trump’s first official campaign rally of the president cycle, while other Democratic 2020 hopefuls tweeted about it.
“It’s going to take me a little while to settle down because I just had the extremely unpleasant experience of watching Donald Trump in action for an hour and a half. Wow, and that was certainly something,” Sanders uttered to the camera in his low-budget rebuttal. “An hour and a half speech of lies, distortions and total absolute nonsense.”
Sanders said he didn’t blame his supporters for being “discombobulated” after watching Trump – who used the Orlando rally to revive some of his greatest hits, even asking the crowd what happened to his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 emails.
“Listening to Trump made me feel very much that he is a man living in a parallel universe, a man way out of touch with the needs of ordinary people and a man who must be defeated,” Sanders said. “And I can understand that he attacks me or other Democratic candidates because poll after poll is showing the country that Trump is falling further behind in terms of his ability to get re-elected.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who a recent poll showed was ahead of Trump 49-39 percent, tweeted his response to the rally speech.
“Let’s be clear: President Trump inherited a growing economy from the Obama-Biden administration,” a tweet from “Team Joe” read. “And now, he’s in the process of squandering it.”
Like he had at his Pennsylvania rally last month, Trump surveyed the crowd asking them if they preferred him to keep “Make America Great Again” as a slogan for 2020 or transition it to “Keep America Great.”
Businessman Andrew Yang, one of the longshots for the Democratic nomination, couldn’t help but chime in.
“KAG really doesn’t have the same ring as MAGA in my opinion,” Yang tweeted.
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