Brian Williams of MSNBC tried this week to get Democrats to oppose Sen. Bernie Sanders by quoting, after all, an anonymous #Resistance Twitter troll.
The moment comes as Williams and his guests discuss the recent criticisms of the Vermont senator of the Washington Post and its owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos , which bought the newspaper in 2013 for $ 250 million.
Sanders was asked Monday night at a campaign event in New Hampshire, "Does anyone here know how much taxpayers have paid in the last year?"
"Nothing!" his audience shouts.
"You see, I talk about it all the time and then I wonder why the Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns the Amazon, didn't write particularly good articles about me, "the senator said." I don't know why. But I think maybe there is a connection. We probably helped raise the minimum wage on Amazon to $ 15 an hour, too. ”
Later, on Tuesday, Sanders clarified his meaning.
"I think my criticism of corporate media is that they are not anti-Bernie, that they wake up, you know, in the morning and say, 'What can we do to hurt Bernie Sanders? & # 39; – that was not the case, which Jeff Bezos got on the phone at Washington Post "he said in an interview with CNN.
He added, "There is an outline of what we can discuss and what we have not discussed, and that is a serious problem."
That night, Williams started a segment about in the Sandat / Amazon spat, which claims Sanders adopted Trump's talking points. For evidence, he turned to an anonymous Twitter troll called The Hoarse Whisperer, explaining that it was the "tweet from last night that caught my attention."
A stupid tweet read: "Okay, since it's trending, here's #MyBernieStory. The year is 2016 and Bernie has been. It's been a long time since the debate. and work to defeat Trump but Bernie has the books for sale. The end. "
"That kind of good sums up how some Democrats feel about Bernie when they hear him using a Trump talking point," Williams said.
What in the world?
First, that tweet was a slander of Sanders. She campaigned vigorously for failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, even after allegedly Democratic National Committee officials tint the primary in her favor.
Second, the silly tweet mentioned by Williams is not about Sanders versus the Amazon fight. This represents an attempt by a troll on Twitter to disrupt a hashtag inspired by Sanders. The Hoarse Whisperer tweet mentioned by Williams was published on August 12, at 11:31 a.m. EST. Sanders' comments on Amazon the same day didn't come until five hours later, about 5 p.m. at night.
So, what about Sanders who adopted Trump's talking points?
Finally, is this really the best example of a Democratic Sanders critic that Williams found? Can't every other person's comment on the planet be used?
Just to recap: Brian Williams cites an anonymous troll accusing Sanders of "torpedoing" Clinton to accuse the senator of using Trump's talking points. And the anchor didn't get the context of the stupid #Resistance tweet right.
Except for all that, though, this is a great point from Williams. Solid work around, fellas.