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Not even Bernie Sanders could make it through the whole GOP debate

It just seemed like it was never going to be over.


Aaron Sankin


Posted on Sep 17, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 11:22 pm CDT

Like millions of American, Bernie Sanders tuned into Wednesday evening’s debate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Sanders, the independent Vermont senator who is challenging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, turned the debate into a way for supporters to engage with his campaign by livetweeting the event with the hashtag #DebateWithBernie.

Sanders’s #DebateWithBernie tweets were a little grumpy, a little snarky, and as unabashedly progressive as one would expect from a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist.”

Sanders called out the GOP candidates for all the issues they didn’t talk about:

He advocated in favor of the Affordable Care Act:

He threw shade at GOP front-runner Donald Trump:

He slammed Republicans’ hawkish foreign policy:

He stuck it to George W. Bush:

He attacked them on being anti-feminist:

Sanders hammered Republicans on ignoring the majority of Americans who support raising the minimum wage. However, it seems like he missed the earlier undercard debate, during which former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum made a passionate argument in favor of raising the minimum wage:

And then he just got frustrated with the whole thing and promptly hit #PeakBernie:

Finally, he said what everyone was thinking:

And then he called it a night well before the stage was cleared:

Nevertheless, Sanders’s fans were pleased with his debate performance, even though he called in early:

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*First Published: Sep 17, 2015, 12:53 am CDT