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Footage Surfaces from Bernie Sanders’s 1980s Public Access Show | The Daily Show


It turns out,
30 years ago, when Bernie Sanders was the
mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he hosted
a public access TV show. Yeah. And a few days ago, that TV network released
the full archives online. And I’m talking hours and hours of pure Bernie gold. Like, there’s so much gold
in these archives, Bernie’s gonna demand
it gets redistributed to the working class.
That’s how much gold there is. And when you start
watching this footage, the first thing
that’s really apparent is how consistent Bernie has been
throughout his life. We have a crisis situation. We are one…
we are one of two nations in the industrialized world that does not have
a national health care system. The wealthiest people in our
country are becoming wealthier. To a large degree,
the tax system in this country
is extremely unfair, in that it asks working people
and elderly people and poor people to pay too much, while large corporations, uh, and wealthy people
do not pay their fair share. Goddamn. Bernie Sanders– he just…
he’s never changed. And I’m not talking
about his platform. The dude looked exactly the same
back then as he does today. You realize
he’s 46 years old in that photo. I’m not joking.
He’s 46 years old. He looks the same. Like, if you traveled back
in time in a time machine, and the first person you met was
Bernie Sanders, you’d be like, “Aah, this piece of shit
doesn’t work.” (laughter, applause) Bernie would be like,
“No, my friend. What doesn’t work
is our health care system.” (laughter) Like, I… like, I wonder. Has Bernie just looked like this
his entire life? Yeah, I bet when he was born,
the doctor was like, “Congratulations, Mrs. Sanders. It’s a beautiful,
healthy old man. Well done.” (laughter, applause) This is like… And then,
instead of spanking Bernie, the doctor just shook his hand. “Welcome to the world,
Mr. Sanders. Welcome to the world.” And although…
although it’s impressive that Bernie’s been consistent
in his policies, it really says more
about America than it says about Bernie,
when you think about it, right? He’s saying the same thing
for 30 years, because America has had
the same problems for 30 years. But here’s what makes this old
TV show so amazing, right? Uh, it wasn’t just
about Bernie’s policies. It was like a full TV show
with different segments. And by far, by far,
the best segments of all are the ones where he interacted
with kids, right? Like this segment,
where he talks to some kids at camp about drugs. -Me.
-You smoke? (laughter) Oh, man. That’s so adorable. “I don’t smoke
because I’m five years old.” Like, it’s almost like Bernie… can’t tell the difference
between kids and adults. He’s like, “Let’s talk finance.
You guys diversified? Who’s got a 401(k)?
Who? Who has a 401(k)?” Who talks about cocaine
with five-year-olds? Like, the way
he was asking the question made it seem less
like an anti-drugs talk and more like he was trying
to score some blow. He was just like,
“You guys know about cocaine? “Uh, you know where
I can find it at a good price? “Come on, this is Vermont.
Let’s hit the slopes. Come on, come on.” A-And on the show,
Bernie didn’t just talk to kids about hard drugs. He also called them out
on their BS. (laughter) Oh, man. Oh, wow! Yo, I think this kid’s
about to get his ass kicked -by Bernie Sanders.
-(laughter) And there’d be
no coming back from that. If Bernie kicked your ass, you’d have to move
to a different state. And even then, you know there’d
be one guy, he’d be like, “Hey, didn’t you get your ass
beat by that 90-year-old?” He’d be like,
“He was only 46! I swear!” So, you see,
Bernie has always been a pretty straightforward guy. Right?
But when it comes to kids, he might take it
a little bit too far. Like, like for instance,
there’s one clip where he showed up
to a classroom to teach the kids
a lesson about bigotry, but I think
it might have backfired. -Geez, Bernie.
-(laughter) What the (bleep), man? These poor kids clearly don’t
harbor any of those stereotypes, and now you’re the one
putting it in their heads. (like Sanders):
Uh, the blacks smell, the Italians are in the Mafia,
the Irish are drunks, and, uh, why are we so scared
of Jewish people? (like a child): We’re not,
because they’re equal? (like Sanders): Wrong. They have
strange sexual habits. Come on! -(laughter) -Which, by the way,
I’ve never even heard that one. Yeah. I’ve never heard
that one before. I think that was
just Bernie’s way of saying he’s into some kinky shit;
he was just slipping that in. And… and if you think
Bernie talking to kids at camp or in the classroom was awkward, right, sometimes he
would just ambush random kids who were standing on the street. (laughter, groans) “Don’t be so shy”? Actually, I think those kids were the exact
right amount of shy. Think about it.
A 46-year-old 90-year-old man just rolled up… threw open his door and asked, “What do you kids think
of these new trees?” When… when kids’ parents told them not to talk
to strange men on the street, that is the definition
of what they were talking about. You saw the one girl.
She was just like, “I shouldn’t be here. I’m…” She just walked away. -(cheering, applause)
-She was out! Like, I totally get
why those kids were weirded out. Bernie was just like,
“Hey, you kids like trees?” They’re like,
“Dude, let’s get out of here. I heard Jews have
strange sexual habits.” (laughter) But by far, by far, my favorite
clip of all that we found is when a little girl
asks Mayor Bernie to build an amusement park
in her neighborhood, and all of a sudden
he turns it into a town hall. I was just wondering, um… my mother had this idea
for… a-amusement… an indoor-outdoor
amusement park. First thing that
we have to do, though, before we could do
something like that is to make sure
that we own the land. That’s one of the concerns
that we have. At the present moment,
we don’t own a lot of the land down in the… downtown. It’s owned by the railroad. And one of the things
that we’re trying to do now is to figure out
which land we should buy and how much
we should pay for it. So we’re working on that. But I think your mother’s idea
is a very good idea. And I congratulate you for
giving her all these good ideas. Okay, well,
I better get going, so… All right.
It was nice to see you. Bye. (cheering) Yes! Oh, yes! That little girl is my hero. ‘Cause she was asking
a fun question, and Bernie turned it into, like,
a TED talk about zoning laws, and you can tell
she was totally over it. Oh, man, that was so crazy. Ah. You know what’s also crazy
is that that little girl grew up to be Hillary Clinton.

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