During the Democratic debate between former Vice President Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on Sunday, one particular funny moment quickly went viral. While coronavirus was the main topic of discussion, a battle over Biden’s official stance on Social Security benefits ensued.
Sanders looked at Biden and asked, “Have you been on the floor of the Senate… time and time again talking about the necessity—with pride—about cutting Social Security, cutting Medicare, cutting Veterans’ programs?” — to which Biden replied, “No.”
“America…go to the YouTube right now,” Sanders said, and within seconds, the term “Go to the YouTube” started trending on Twitter.
So, what video was Sanders talking about? Sanders asked Biden, and the American voters, after the former VP insisted that he did not previously try to cut social security or veterans’ benefits, to watch a video posted on Sanders’ YouTube Channel.
On March 7, a video entitled, Biden on Social Security and Medicare: ‘Put All of It on The Table’ which features a clip of Biden doing an interview with Meet The Press in 2007 about Social Security.
Biden said, “American people aren’t stupid. It’s a simple proposition. Social Security is not the hard one to solve. Medicare, that is the gorilla in the room… you’ve got to put it all on the table.”
A Second Video Of Biden Speaking on Medicare & Social Security Also Went Viral
While Sanders directed viewers on the Democratic debate “to go the Youtube,” for Biden’s take on Social Security, a second video, a compilation of Biden speaking on the matter throughout his years in the politics racked up over 1 million views.
In the clip, Senator Biden is shown speaking on the Senate floor in January 1995, and then November 1995, where he talks about how in order to balance the budget he’s proposed to “I tried to freeze all government spending, including Social Security, including everything.”
This video closes with the same Meet The Press interview, but a longer version. He recalls what Bob Dole once said, “After we reached an agreement about raising the retirement age, [Dole said] “We all put our foot in the boat one at a time, and we all make the following deal: If anyone one of the challengers running against the incumbent Democrat or Republican attacks us on this point, we’ll all stay together. That’s the kind of leadership that is needed.”
While the debate powered on between the final two democratic presidential candidates left in the race, users online continued to have fun with Sanders’ hilarious way of asking people to go to Youtube.
S.E. Cupp tweeted, “Bernie Sanders has implored us all to ‘go to the YouTube’ while one user asked to have the quote on a t-shirt.
Gen Mag reporter Hanif Abdurraqib tweeted, “was just about to turn this ol bullsh** off after watching for 10 mins but then I heard “GO TO THE WEBSITE. GO TO THE YOUTUBE” and I been dying ever since.”