Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told Late Night host Seth Meyers on Monday that President Trump is the “most dangerous president in modern history” and added that “we’re seeing just how dangerous” the president is during the coronavirus pandemic.
Meyers, who hosted the show from his home, interviewed Sanders, his “first remote guest,” during the show’s return on Monday. Late Night has not aired an in-studio episode since March 11.
Meyers asked Sanders if he believes he has a viable path forward to win the Democrat nomination — a point that has fallen through the cracks in recent weeks with the emergence of the coronavirus. While Sanders, who broadcasted from his home in Burlington, Vermont, said he did believe a path — albeit, a narrow one — existed, he committed to rallying the base for Joe Biden (D) in the event that the former vice president secures the nomination instead.
“What I have said, Seth, from day one, when I announced, that it is absolutely imperative that we defeat Donald Trump, who, in my view, is the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country,” Sanders explained, proclaiming that we’re “seeing just how dangerous he is” during the pandemic.
“And we’re seeing just how dangerous he is with all of the misinformation that he is providing during this coronavirus pandemic. So, yes, we have got to defeat Trump, and if I am not the nominee, I will do everything I can to see that Joe Biden is elected president,” Sanders added.
The senator has changed the focus of his campaign in recent weeks, holding virtual town halls and roundtable discussions centered around the global pandemic. He told Meyers that he is remaining in the race to “continue the fight” for the issues he cares about, like Medicare for All.
“We have a strong grassroots movement who believe that we have got to stay in in order to continue the fight, to make the world know that we need Medicare for all, that we need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, that we need paid family and medical leave, one of the crises that we’re dealing with right now, that we must address climate change and education, all the issues that we have been talking about,” he said. “Campaigns are an important way to maintain that fight and raise public consciousness on those issues.”
Sanders has used the coronavirus pandemic, particularly, to hype his big government vision for Medicare for All on several occasions, telling supporters that the U.S. “is at a severe disadvantage compared to every other major country on earth” due the a lack of a single-payer health care system. He made a similar argument during an appearance on The Tonight Show this month, virtually ignoring the struggles of countries — with those very systems — across the globe also battling the pandemic, and in some instances, rationing care.
The self-described socialist doubled down during his appearance on Late Night, declaring that a “health care-for-all system is designed to provide quality care for all to do preventive work in order to prepare for some types of pandemics.”