Bernie Sanders acknowledges Democrats stalled Trump COVID relief, agrees it was mistake

By Jake Dima

Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday acknowledged that Democrats stalled coronavirus relief in the past and agreed it was a mistake in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Sanders lambasted the Democratic Party for looking to accept a $908 billion COVID-19 stimulus while having rejected a larger $1.8 trillion stimulus spearheaded by President Donald Trump earlier in the pandemic, according to Fox News. The bill which is currently in deliberation will not include $1,200 payments to all Americans as the previous relief package would have, Fox reported.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

“Well you talked about that $1.8 trillion bill that the White House — Steve Manuchin the Treasury Secretary — was working on with the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” Tapper said. “The Democrats walked away from that bill…”

To which Sanders responded, “That’s right.”

Tapper continued, “…because they wanted $2.2 trillion and they walked away from $1.8 trillion. Was that a mistake?”

“That’s what I’m saying,” Sanders said. “That’s exactly what I’m saying. Here was a proposal much, much larger. Democrats say ‘no, that’s not good enough,’ and now we’re prepared to accept a proposal which has, I think, $350 billion in new money, and which has, we believe, I believe to the best of my knowledge, this corporate immunity language as well.”


The $908 billion package is set to give $240 billion in aid to states and respective localities, $300 billion to small business relief through the Paycheck Protection Program and $180 billion to extend increased unemployment payments, according to Fox.

Sanders, however, doesn’t see the bill as a compromise.

“What we need is a compromise,” he told Tapper. “I know I can’t get everything that I want. But this bill really is not a compromise. It gives the Republicans almost everything that they wanted.”

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5 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders acknowledges Democrats stalled Trump COVID relief, agrees it was mistake

  1. All democrat senators knew Pelosi was stalling and falsely accusing the republican senators for stalling. Schumer was also involved to bad name Trump and leading American sheep to vote for communist Biden, YES Communist Biden lover of the CCP.
    Win at all cost.
    So should we believe any of our senators? Should we believe our election process? Should we believe in the RUSSIAN BS for four years?

  2. Why does Vermont keep electing this buffoon? Bernie’s only interest is in promoting himself, with no regard for the dismal consequences his agenda has for Vermont. Pay attention people; Sanders is the poster clown for socialism…

    • “Why does Vermont keep electing this buffoon?”

      Because more than 40% of Vermont’s workforce is employeed by the government, health and education sectors. I.E. Mob Rule.

      Add to that the folks who work in the Energy Sector (GMP, Solar and Wind).

      People like Mike McCarthy (D), House Majority Whip who was a Senior SunCommon Solar Project Consultant – focused on bringing solar options to businesses, both large and small.

      No conflict of interest there. Right?

      Good luck getting Vermont to buy inexpensive, sustainable, non-polluting Hydro Quebec power at 5.6 cents per KWH…….. or, for that matter, doing anything reasonably well.

  3. Thanks Bernie. Now you admit it. Why could’nt you be honest and admit this months ago.? Please don’t say you did’nt know.

  4. Bernie admitted the Democrats in the US Senate were obstructing COVID aid.
    But, it is not clear what level of aid he had in mind.

    Pelosi’s originally demanded $3.4 TRILLION in “COVID relief”, i.e., aid for all, a political grab bag. Geese, what was the dreaming?

    When her ridiculous demand was rejected, she said she would be willing to settle for $2.2 TRILLION.

    When her still ridiculous demand was rejected, she said she and Schumer had agreed on $900 billion.

    That is after she lost at least ten seats in the US House.

    Political clout tends evaporates, when you don’t have the votes.

    However, McConnell prefers a targeted approach of about $400 to $500 billion.

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