NEW YORK -- Here’s some of what Tuesday night’s viewers of “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” will learn about Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.
Unlike Republican candidate Ben Carson, Sanders has never stabbed anyone.
If the Vermont senator does become president, the rest of America won’t be required to drive Subaru Forresters -- but they will be expected to consume a lot of maple syrup.
And Sanders is not interested in discussing what Donald Trump meant recently when he said Hillary Clinton had been “schlonged” in the 2008 presidential election. For his part, Sanders plans to “beat him badly” if he faces off against Trump in the fall.
During his third appearance on the Comedy Central late-night show, Sanders was tossed a mix of irreverent and insightful questions by Willmore, who took over Stephen Colbert’s time slot in January. The show, which taped early evening Tuesday, is scheduled to air later in the night.
In one of his more serious questions, Wilmore asked Sanders what he would do during his first 100 days as president.
“What’s on my agenda is to put forth legislation that has the wealthiest people and the largest corporations starting to pay their fair share of taxes,” Sanders said, suggesting that doing that successfully would enable him to move forward with other items on his agenda, including a jobs program, making tuition free at public colleges and expanding Social Security benefits.
Asked why so many young people are supporting him, Sanders, 74, said: “I’ve been thinking about that a lot. .. I don’t really know, but I’ll guess.”
His guess centered on angst millennials are feeling about having a lower standard of living than their parents, as well as their sense of optimism.
Wilmore also probed Sanders about whether he has been nice to the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton.
“People have said you’ve been too much of a gentleman,” Wilmore said. “Do you think you have to be an [expletive] to be president?”
“I certainly hope not,” Sanders replied.
Several of Wilmore’s questions focused on Trump. In fact, he opened the first of two segments with Sanders by showing footage of skywriting at the recent Rose Bowl parade that read: “America is great! Trump is disgusting.”
Asked if he was responsible, Sanders deadpanned: “Here’s the story. I don’t have to spend money to make Donald Trump look dumb.”