President Donald Trump slammed socialism during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, which led to a massive frown from socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
"We stand with the Venezuelan people and their noble quest for freedom and we condemn their brutality of the Maduroregime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair," Trump said.
"Here in the United States, we are alarmed by the new calls to adopt socialism in our country," Trump continued. "America was founded on liberty and independence and not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free and we will stay free."
"Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country," Trump continued.
Speaking at the National Committee for Independent Political Action in New York City on June 22, 1989, Sanders stated, “In Vermont, everybody knows that I am a socialist and that many people in our movement, not all, are socialists. And as often as not — and this is an interesting point that is the honest-to-God truth — what people will say is, ‘I don’t really know what socialism is, but if you’re not a Democrat or a Republican, you’re OK with me.’ That’s true. And I think there has been too much of a reluctance on the part of progressives and radicals to use the word ‘socialism.’”
In a book he coauthored titled "Outsider in the House," Sanders wrote, “Bill Clinton is a moderate Democrat. I’m a democratic socialist.” In an interview with The Nation, Sanders boasted of being called a socialist, “Do they think I’m afraid of the word? I’m not afraid of the word.”