Bernie Sanders on Heart Attack, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Trump Impeachment

Bernie Sanders on Heart Attack, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez & Trump Impeachment


HOW ARE YOU?>>I’M GREAT.>>Jimmy: YOU’RE GREAT? WELL, I’LL BE THE JUDGE OF THAT. [ LAUGHTER ]>>ARE YOU READY?>>Jimmy: YES. WOW. EVEN YOUR HEART IS LOUD. I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE AFTER WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME WE ELECTED A PRESIDENT, WE NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU EVEN HAVE A HEART. [ LAUGHTER ]>>I DO!>>Jimmy: YOU DO.>>AND IT’S FUNCTIONING WELL, SO THANK YOU.>>Jimmy: THREE WEEKS. I’M SURE YOU’RE TIRED OF TALKING ABOUT THIS. YOU HAD A HEART ATTACK IN LAS VEGAS. WAS THIS A BUFFET-RELATED ACCIDENT? WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?>>IT TURNS OUT, UNBEKNOWNST TO ME THAT I HAD AN ARTERY THAT WASN’T FUNCTIONING VERY WELL.>>Jimmy: THEY PUT A STINT IN?>>TWO STINTS.>>Jimmy: TWO STINTS?>>IT’S A FAIRLY COMMON PROCEDURE, HAPPENS A MILLION TIMES IN THE UNITED STATES. NEXT DAY I WAS WALKING, COUPLE DAYS LATER I WAS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND BACK ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.>>Jimmy: YOU DIDN’T SPEND MUCH TIME IN BED, DID YOU? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] WE HAVE A VIDEO HERE. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’VE NOTICED THIS, BUT I NOTICED IT. YOU WENT FOR A WALK A COUPLE DAYS AFTER THE HEART ATTACK, AND I NOTICED YOUR WIFE, JANE, THE HAT SHE’S WEARING SAYS “KIMMEL FOR VICE PRESIDENT.” NOW — >>SHE’S A GOOD POLITICIAN. I WANTED TO SIT DOWN AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT SOMETHING. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: NO, YOU DON’T, BELIEVE ME. THAT WOULD BE YOUR FIRST VERY BAD DECISION. YOU HAD A BIG RALLY IN QUEENS. I HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH HERE. HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU EXPECT AT A RALLY IN QUEENS? DO YOU HAVE AN ESTIMATE BEFOREHAND?>>WE HAD RSVPs.>>Jimmy: MM-HM.>>WE HAD ABOUT 20,000 RSVPs AND WE ENDED UP WITH 26,000 PEOPLE, SO IT’S PRETTY GOOD.>>Jimmy: 26,000 PEOPLE.>>AND I WAS VERY PLEASED THAT WE HAD ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ WITH ME.>>Jimmy: YES.>>AND SHE HAS DONE AN EXTRAORDINARY JOB.>>Jimmy: SHE ENDORSED YOU.>>SHE ENDORSED ME. SHE’S A REAL CHAMPION OF WORKING FAMILIES, IMMIGRATION REFORM, CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. AND SHE AND I ARE GOING TO WORK VERY HARD ON TAKING ON THE FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY AND TRANSFORMING OUR ENERGY SYSTEM AWAY FROM FOSSIL FUEL TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY, SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND SAVE THIS PLANET FROM CLIMATE CHANGE.>>Jimmy: THAT WOULD BE NICE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT HER, SHE IS INSPIRING WORKING PEOPLE AND YOUNG PEOPLE ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY TO GET INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL PROCESS. AND, IF THERE HAS EVER BEEN A TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY WHERE WE NEED MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE, TAKE ON TRUMP AND FIGHT FOR JUSTICE, THIS IS THAT MOMENT.>>Jimmy: FOR SURE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] THIS, THIS IMPEACHMENT JOURNEY THAT WE’RE ON IS GETTING WEIRDER. I’M SURE YOU KNOW THAT TODAY, A GROUP OF REPUBLICANS, HOUSE REPUBLICANS, STORMED A PRIVATE M MEETING IN WHICH SOME WITNESSES WERE BEING INTERVIEWED. AND THEY REFUSED TO LEAVE THE MEETING UNTIL, I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANTED, BECAUSE THERE ARE REPUBLICANS INCLUDED IN THIS PROCEEDING. BUT WHAT IS GOING, WHAT IS HAPPENING?>>I THINK THEY’RE NERVOUS. I THINK THEY’RE TRYING TO DISRUPT THE PROCESS. I THINK THEY UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE RECORD, YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO HAS TRIED TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE WITH THE MUELLER REPORT. YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO HAS USED HIS OFFICE, UNCONSTITUTIONALLY, IN VIOLATION OF THE EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE TO ENRICH HIMSELF. WHEN YOU HAVE A BILLION DOLLARS, WHY WOULD YOU USE THE OFFICE OF PRESIDT TO MAKE MORE MONEY? YOU KIND OF THINK HE HAS ENOUGH TO DO AS PRESIDENT, BUT, AND LASTLY, THIS UKRAINIAN BUSINESS, WHERE HE IS USING NATIONAL SECURITY MONEY TO TRY TO GET THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT TO GIVE HIM DIRT ON A POLITICAL OPPONENT, SO I THINK YOU GOT A STRONG CASE FOR IMPEACHMENT. I THINK THE HOUSE WILL IMPEACH HIM. I HOPE THEY DO. THE TRIAL COMES TO THE SENATE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I HOPE, I JUST HOPE, THAT THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP ALLOWS FOR A FAIR TRIAL AND LET THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE SENATE MAKE THEIR DECISION.>>Jimmy: WILL THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP GET TO DECIDE WHETHER IT’S A FAIR TRIAL? DOESN’T IT AUTOMATICALLY HAVE TO BE A FAIR TRIAL IN THE SENATE?>>NO. NO. IT DOESN’T. I HOPE McCONNELL WILL DO THE RIGHT THING.>>Jimmy: HE’S NEVER DONE THE RIGHT THING BEFORE, THOUGH.>>MAYBE I’M BEING OPTIMISTIC. YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT IN MY VIEW WHO IS PROBABLY THE MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENT IN THE MOD ERN HISTOR.>>Jimmy: DO YOU THINK MITT ROMNEY IS THE KEY TO GETTING SOME OF THESE REPUBLICANS TO LOOK AT THE FACTS INSTEAD OF — >>WELL, JIMMY, I’LL TELL YOU ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS BEEN REALLY SAD, AND I SAY THIS NOT IN A PARTISAN WAY. TRUMP IS TRUMP. BUT YOU WOULD THINK, YOU HAVE A LOT OF REPUBLICANS. I KNOW A LOT OF THESE GUYS, IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE, WHO ARE NOT LIARS. THEY’RE NOT RACIST. THEY’RE NOT SEXIST. THEY’RE NOT HOMOPHOBES, AND YET THEY HAVE BEEN INTIMIDATED AND FRIGHTENED BY THIS PRESIDENT, AND WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS, THEY DON’T HAVE THE GUTTING TO STAND UP AND TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON. I HOPE THAT IN THIS PROCESS SOME OF THESE REPUBLICANS UNDERSTAND THAT THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN JUST DONALD TRUMP.>>Jimmy: SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS IS HERE E . WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK FROM BROOKLYN.>>Jimmy: YOU LEARN THAT SWING PLAYING STICKBALL AND WHATEVER ELSE IN THE STREETS OF BROOKLYN?>>I SURELY DID. WE SPENT HALF OUR LIVES IN THE SCHOOLYARD PLAYING BALL.>>Jimmy: YOU TALK ABOUT FAMILIES GOING THROUGH FINANCIAL HARDSHIP. YOUR FAMILY WENT THROUGH FINANCIAL HARDSHIP.>>YEP, I GREW UP IN A THREE AND A HALF-ROOM RENT CONTROL APARTMENT AND OUR FAMILY STRUGGLED. AND I WILL NEVER FORGET WHERE I CAME FROM. IN THE SENSE THAT I UNDERSTAND TODAY THAT HALF OUR PEOPLE ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. SO MANY OF OUR PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD TO GO TO A DOCTOR WHEN THEY NEED TO GO TO CREATE AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY, AND NOT JUST THE PEOPLE ON TOP. AND THAT’S WHAT I’M PLEDGED TO DO.>>Jimmy: YOU SPEAK VERY HONESTLY ON THE SUBJECT. I THINK YOU ARE VERY BLUNT AND BRUTALLY HONEST, ALMOST TO THE POINT WHERE IT’S SHOCKING TO SEE A POLITICIAN SAY YES, THIS IS GOING TO MAKE YOUR TAXES GO UP. BUT, IN THE BIG PICTURE, I THINK THAT IT WILL MAKE IT COST YOU LESS.>>LIKE, LOOK, HERE IS THE REALITY. WE ARE THE ONLY MAJOR COUNTRY ON EARTH NOT TO GUARANTEE HEALTH CARE TO ALL PEOPLE AS A HUMAN RIGHT. I BELIEVE THAT HEALTH CARE IS A HUMAN RIGHT AND NOT A PRIVILEGE. AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE NEED ALL THAT WE NEED TO DO. PEOPLE MAKE THIS MORE COMPLICATED THAN IT IS. MEDICARE RIGHT NOW IS THE MOST POPULAR HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM IN AMERICA. I WANT TO EXPAND MEDICARE TO INCLUDE DENTAL CARE, HEARING AIDS AND EYEGLASSES. AND THEN, WHAT I WANT TO DO IS LOWER THE ELIGIBILITY AGE, FIRST YEAR FROM 65 DOWN TO 55. THEN TO 45, THEN TO 35. AND THEN WE COVER EVERYBODY. AND WHEN WE DO THAT, THERE ARE NO MORE PREMIUMS. YOU’RE NOT PAYING ANYMORE PREMIUMS. NO MORE CO-PAYMENTS. NO MORE DEDUCTIBLES. NO MORE OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES. AND VIRTUALLY EVERY PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY WILL SAVE MONEY ON HEALTH CARE, BECAUSE WE ARE CURRENTLY SPENDING TWICE AS MUCH PER PERSON AT PEOPLE OF ANY OTHER MAJOR COUNTRY, AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS THAT THE FUNCTION OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM TODAY, SHOCK OF ALL SHOCKS, IS TO MAKE THE DRUG COMPANIES AND THE INSURANCE COMPANIES INCREDIBLY RICH. WELL, I DON’T THINK THAT’S THE FUNCTION OF HEALTH CARE. SO, IF YOU ARE PAYING, JUST AS AN EXAMPLE. IF SOMEBODY WAS SELF-EMPLOYED, PAYING $15,000, $20,000 A YEAR IN PREMIUMS AND OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES, THAT R’S ALL GONE. THEY MAY PAY $7,000 OR $8,000 MORE IN TAXES. THEY’RE $12,000 TO THE GOOD. WE CAN MAKE SURE NEANYBODY CAN TO ANY DOCTOR THEY WANT WHENEVER THEY WANT AND NOT WORRY ABOUT THE COST OF HEALTH CARE.>>Jimmy: HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET BACK TO YOUR OLD NEIGHBORHOOD HERE IN FLAT BUSH?>>NOT AS OFTEN.>>Jimmy: WE WENT, WE SENT A CAMERA CREW. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’VE EVER MET THE FAMILY, BUT WE SENT THE CAMERA CREW JUST TO SEE WHO’S LIVING IN YOUR OLD PLACE. IT’S INTERESTING. I’M NOT SURE. HERE YOU GO.>>WHO ARE YOU?>>HI, DID YOU KNOW BERNIE SANDERS USED TO LIVE HERE?>>MOM! THERE’S SOMEONE AT THE DOOR!>>WHAT ARE YOU SELLING? GO BACK TO WALL STREET. WE’RE NOT BILLIONAIRES.>>DID YOU KNOW BERNIE SANDERS USED TO LIVE HERE?>>NEVER HEARD OF HIM.>>Jimmy: IT WASN’T FRIENDLY, BUT AT LEAST THERE’S A FAMILY LIVING THERE. BUT THANK GOD YOU’RE HERE, I’M GLAD YOU’RE DOING BETTER. SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS, EVERYBODY.