President Donald Trump treated his supporters at a rally at The Villages in Florida on Friday to a recorded video of former Vice President Joe Biden talking about cutting Social Security and Medicare, among other benefits.
“The video I’m about to play was created by Crazy Bernie earlier this year to expose Joe Biden’s atrocious record and his egregious lies,” Trump said, referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who failed to win the Democrat primary against Biden.
The video featured Biden’s history of talking about cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans’ benefits, and was edited together with footage from a Democrat primary debate with Biden and Sanders about the issue.C-SPAN
“This guy is either really stupid or he lies,” Trump said after playing the video.
Biden’s record on promoting Social Security cuts for the last 40 years was revisited in January 2020 by The Intercept’s Ryan Grim when it became clear that Biden was gaining traction in the Democrat primary.
As Breitbart’s Harris Alec has detailed, Vice President Joe Biden also worked for a spending deal that would have cut federal spending by $2 trillion, including programs like Social Security and Medicare.
At a March 15 Democrat primary debate, Sanders tried to pin down Biden’s past statements.
Sanders: Let me ask you a question, Joe. You’re right here with me. Have you been on the floor of the Senate, you were in the Senate for a few years, time and time again talking about the necessity, with pride, about cutting Social Security, cutting Medicare, cutting veterans programs?
Sanders: You never said that?
Sanders: All right, America, go to the website right now, go to the YouTube right now.
Trump has repeatedly vowed to protect Social Security and Medicare, breaking with many leading Republican presidential candidates in the 2016 primary.