Bernie Attends A Fox News Town Hall 🤷‍♀️

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Mixed response

On Monday night, 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) participated in a town hall in Bethlehem, PA. He discussed a number of issues with a crowd who seemed to be more on his side and a selection of Fox News moderators who were less sympathetic.

Does Bernie make too much?

Sanders, like other Democratic presidential hopefuls, has released his tax returns, and is urging President Trump to do the same. However, now that his returns have been released, Fox News town hall moderators picked up on the fact that Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, is now a millionaire after the success of his 2016 and 2018 books, Our Revolution and Where We Go From Here.


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Bernie Sanders, at combative Fox News town hall, makes no apologies for making millions

Breitbart: Bernie Sanders Releases 10 Years of Tax Returns, Confirming Millionaire Status

The right is focusing on the perceived hypocrisy surrounding Sanders’s profits from his book sales, which they frame as endorsement of capitalism. They question whether his place as part of the “one percent” makes his populist platform moot.

LEANING LEFT:

Washington Post: A Bernie Sanders exchange on Fox highlights a big Trump vulnerability

Vox: Bernie Sanders’s Fox News town hall wasn’t a debate. Bernie won anyway.


The left 
is choosing to focus on both the short-term and the long-term effects of the recent town hall. They highlight the “backfiring” of a question a Fox News moderator posed to the crowd about Medicare for All, with the crowd responding very positively to the policy. They also discuss what this town hall means for Trump’s campaign priorities and propose that Trump’s 2020 focus on immigration may not be enough to secure a victory.


Where's the common ground?

Media on both sides have something to celebrate after the close of the town hall. The right feels they have caught Sanders out in exposing him as a millionaire, and the left feels they have taken an important step in showing the widespread support among Americans for Medicare for All. It remains to be seen how these developments will affect the Sanders campaign in the long term.

Watch closely

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