Politics

Bernie Sanders Won Twitter While His Republican Counterparts Squabbled Over First Place

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Although much of the discussion following the first Republican debate has focused on Donald Trump’s performance, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont won over Twitter by live tweeting the Aug. 6 debate.

Sanders, the progressive who’s vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, had the most retweeted tweet using the hashtag #GOPDebate, The Hill reported. "It's over. Not one word about economic inequality, climate change, Citizens United or student debt,” Sanders wrote, "That’s why the Rs are so out of touch.”

The tweet was retweeted more than 27,000 times, but Sanders had a lot more to say.

Sanders didn’t hesitate to address the candidates on Twitter directly. He tweeted at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “‘repeal Obamacare.’ Throw millions of more people off of their health insurance. Great idea.”

He also addressed Donald Trump, the only candidate who suggested he might run outside of the two-party system. “Check it out. How many of the candidates on the stage have super PACs funded by millionaires and billionaires?” he tweeted, following up with “(Donald Trump) is the exception. He of course is his own super PAC.”

Sanders also made it clear he wasn’t opposed to admitting Republicans might be right. “Did (Donald Trump) just support a national single-payer health system? Well. He was right on something.” He also agreed with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, tweeting to Bush: “Kids are hurting. True. What will you do about the reality that we have one of the highest rates of childhood poverty?”

It’s likely that Sanders will take part in the first Democratic debate, which will be held on Oct. 13, Politico reported. His opposition is certainly facing the challenge of beating his popularity on Twitter.

Sources: The Hill, Sen. Bernie Sanders/Twitter, Politico Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr