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Bernie Sanders Uses Giant Trump Tweet to Defend Federal Programs

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Sen. Bernie Sanders used a giant printout of one of President-elect Donald Trump's tweets during a Senate hearing. (Screengrab)

By    |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 11:17 AM

Bernie Sanders brought a large printout of one of Donald Trump’s tweets with him to the Senate floor on Wednesday to speak against cuts to federal programs.

The former Democratic presidential candidate used the prop as he asked Trump to either veto any legislation to cut Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security or come clean to the American people and say that he “lied,” The Hill reported.

“Let me quote somebody who I suspect I will not often be quoting,” Sanders said while speaking about planned GOP changes to the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."

Trump's tweet, posted on May 7, pledged no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

“Now the point is Trump didn’t just say this in passing,” Sanders added, with the enlarged tweet on display behind him. “This was a cornerstone of his campaign. He said it over and over and over again.”

“I think it is interesting that we listen to what Donald Trump said during the campaign,” Sanders said, per NBC News. “That Democrats hear what he had to say during the campaign – what he campaigned on – and more importantly Republicans listen and hear what their leader had to say about these issues.”

According to NBC News, Republicans are trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and if that happens then some 24 million people could lose their health care coverage.

Sanders said the American people and world leaders shouldn’t let Trump off the hook, but instead they should hold him to his word.

“This is what he asked millions of elderly people and working class people to vote for him on – these are the principles that Donald Trump ran and won the presidency on,” Sanders said.

Sanders’ Twitter stunt comes after Vice President-elect Mike Pence said early Wednesday that the first priority for the Trump administration is to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which he hopes will be a smooth transition, according to Us Magazine.

Sanders’ giant poster of Trump’s tweet became a trending topic on social media on Wednesday.

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