SEPTEMBER 19, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders capped a day in New York City on Friday with an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert after a busy day that included a hybrid rally and fundraiser after a round of news media interviews.
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Speaking on CBS, Sanders was asked about Donald Trump’s refusal to correct a man at a town hall meeting who called President Barack Obama a non-American Muslim. “I think it’s a disgrace to again question whether or not the president of the United States was born in this country or whether he’s a Christian,” Sanders told CBS News.
During the noon hour, Sanders drew nearly 1.200 supporters to Manhattan’s Town Hall. It was only the seventh time Sanders had held anything like a traditional fundraiser, but it really wasn’t anything like a traditional fundraiser. Instead of a small clutch of rich donors, Sanders backers jammed into the concert hall and roared approval when he railed about Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that corrupted the American political system. “He bashed Wall Street, a top source of money for most politicians,” according to The New York Times. “He bashed the Republican debate on Wednesday, asking how the candidates could get through three hours with ‘not one word to say about the corrupt campaign finance system we are living in today.’” And he bragged “about not having a super PAC” — he is the only major candidate who does not — earning one of his biggest cheers of the hour.
On The Late Show, late-night comic Stephen Colbert questioned Sanders’ refusal to take money from super PACs. “Don’t bring a spoon to a knife fight,” Colbert cautioned. But the audience roared when Sanders replied, “I don’t support the agenda of corporate America or the billionaire class.” Adding that his average donation is $31.20, Sanders said his is “a people’s campaign, not a billionaire’s campaign.”
During Colbert’s monologue, the comedian compared his recent cover story in Time to this week’s cover piece on Sanders. And on Twitter, Colbert joked about someone (not Bernie) who parked his car right in front of the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Sanders shook hands with well-wishers before and after the show outside the theater.