Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a severely liberal politician, lost it on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday morning after conservative co-host Meghan McCain referred to him as the “godfather of the Squad.”
McCain wanted to know what Sanders thought about “The Squad,” a group of radically liberal congresswomen led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
According to McCain, “You are the Godfather of The Squad. You’re a hyper-progressive socialist, and you’re talking about social justice before it was cool, but it feels like the squad today has moved even to the left of you.”
She asked, “How is it for you to stand by everything AOC, Rashida Talib and Ilhan Omar have said and done, particularly when it comes to Israel and talking about ‘From the river to the sea’ and the extermination of Israel, as a right to exist? Or do you think the movement, which you started, has moved away from what you envisioned?”
Sanders responded uncomfortably by attempting to distance himself from The Squad, stating that he is not interested in discussing other people’s political conduct.
“Well Meghan, first of all, I don’t believe that’s what they’re saying, and second of all, it’s not my job to have to defend every member of Congress, any more than it is their job to defend every statement that I make,” Sanders stated.
Sanders instead pivoted by talking about the focus he currently has of making sure billionaires are taxed fairly, not answering McGain question, once he finished pointing, he got back to McCain’s question by saying that he’s happy with what progressives are doing in Congress. He then doubled down to once again say he won’t comment on the progressives individually, however.
“I think the progressives in the House are doing a very good job in standing up for working families,” Sanders said. “It’s not my job to comment on everything that any member of the House says, any more than it is for them to comment on what I say.”