Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) is emerging as a potential frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President after winning the New Hampshire primary and virtually tying with South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in a chaotic Iowa caucus last week.
It's no surprise then that Sanders is a frequent target of Fox News hosts—most recently, from Mark Levin on BlazeTV's LevinTV.
Levin accused Sanders of being racist because he...lives in Vermont?
Mark Levin says Bernie Sanders is "racist from top to bottom" because he represents Vermont https://t.co/uKQExCtgfF— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell)1581474460.0
After accusing Sanders of never changing a tire (?), Levin said:
"This is a man born in Brooklyn, New York. Where does he wind up? In Vermont," Levin said. "He talks about this society being racist from the top to the bottom, racist throughout. Why did he choose Vermont? Why does he live in Vermont? Why didn't he choose another place? Why didn't he pick any of these really tough majority-minority towns? Why didn't he pick them? Because he's racist from top to bottom. That's why."
For his part, Levin is a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, who frequently retweets his takes in return.
Sanders was an activist during the Civil Rights Movement in his college years and, like many Democrats, has advocated for anti-racist policies throughout his career.
People gleefully skewered Levin's bizarre claim.
@mmfa Man I was just thinking Vermont is a nice little state to move to. I better not do it because I’ll become a racist, as a Colombian— 🇺🇸Dogs Against Trump 🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸Dogs Against Trump 🇺🇸)1581477252.0
@mmfa Sure call an entire state racists. That makes sense.— dtracers (@dtracers)1581476898.0
@mmfa oh god we're getting vetted— ivan (@ivan)1581476874.0
@mmfa Everybody knows the Vermont Klan is the worse. 🙄— quark soup (@quark soup)1581476922.0
@mmfa Says the guy shilling for the birther son of klansman Fred Trump— Heath Harrison (@Heath Harrison)1581476923.0
@mmfa Your name is Mark Levin- I would keep *silent* on the race card if I were you— Dr. John Smith (@Dr. John Smith)1581476870.0
@mmfa Well that should bring a number of Fox viewers to Bernie 😳— Perhibeo Testimonium (@Perhibeo Testimonium)1581477109.0
Levin will have to do better than that.
You can buy Bernie's book, Our Revolution, here.