Trump and Phil Robertson Freak Out About “Socialism”: A Closer Look

Trump and Phil Robertson Freak Out About “Socialism”: A Closer Look

It seems like President Trump
is freaking out
about the Democrats
running for president.
For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.”
Trump spoke this morning
to religious leaders
at the National
Prayer Breakfast.
It’s always
a slightly awkward situation
for a president
who’s been married three times,
paid hush money to a porn star,
and has probably, at best,
skimmed the Bible.
“And as you all know,
God set a fire to a bush
so he could collect
the insurance money
and build a casino.
It was smart.
It was a smart move.”
For example, Trump mentioned the
problem of human trafficking,
and here is his expert diagnosis
on what’s causing it.
-Together we will
end the “scorj”
of modern-day slavery that,
because of the Internet,
is at levels
that nobody can believe.
The Internet came along,
and some good things happened,
but some very bad things
-Oh, really, Dr. Science?
That’s your expert opinion?
The Internet came along,
and some good things happened,
and some bad things happened?
One of the good things
about the Internet
is you can Google how to
pronounce the word “scourge.”
[ Laughter ]
-Trump then laid out
what I guess you could say
is his thesis statement
for America,
the thing that makes
our country great.
Reagan called it
the shining city on a hill,
and Obama said
America is a place
where you can write
your own destiny.
And now here are
President Trump’s thoughts
on what makes America great.
-America’s potential
is unlimited
because our extraordinary people
are just something
that is number one.
-Soaring words.
Just soaring words.
He’s like a guy on a date
getting lines fed to him
through an ear piece,
and the feed cut out.
“You have beautiful eyes,
and your…nose.
Well, I mean, you know,
it’s your nose, but it’s, uh…
You got a real great honker.”
Trump was trying to live up
to the theme of unity
he set out in his State of
the Union address Tuesday.
As we all know,
he’s incapable of that.
Trump always needs something
to scare people about,
and in his speech on Tuesday,
he landed on a new target,
warning that Democrats
would turn America
into a socialist country,
and it prompted
a few scattered reactions
from Republicans
in the audience.
-Here in the United States,
we are alarmed
by the new calls to adopt
socialism in our country.
[ Scattered boos ]
-Well, guys, you did it. You
stopped socialism by booing it.
It reminds me of
Ronald Reagan’s famous line —
“Mr. Gorbachev, boo this wall.”
At least they’re making real
proposals like Medicare for all.
You guys stole
your best political argument
from Statler and Waldorf.
-And then…
[ Cheers and applause ]
Then, of course, the camera
caught the reaction
of self-described Democratic
socialist Bernie Sanders
after Trump vowed
to stop socialism
from taking root in America.
-America was founded
on liberty and independence,
and not government coercion,
domination, and control.
We are born free,
and we will stay free.
[ Cheers and applause ]
[ Laughter ]
-So, turns out Statler
was in the audience.
I mean, that is —
That’s a real —
[ Cheers and applause ]
Classic Bernie face there.
That’s the face Bernie makes
when he finds out the restaurant
charges for bread.
“Bread is supposed to be free!
Breadicare for all!”
[ Laughter ]
[ Cheers and applause ]
I hope you’re applauding
for the writer
who told me “Breadicare for all”
wouldn’t work.
[ Laughter ]
And then yesterday
in an interview on CNBC,
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin
doubled down on Trump’s line
about socialism,
although the way he said it
left some people
scratching their heads.
-The good news is, the U.S.
economy is doing terrific.
We continue to have
very strong jobs numbers.
I think you’ve just begun to see
the beginning of tax reform.
I think you’re going to
see that kick in a lot again.
And as the President
talked about last night,
his economic program is working.
We’re not going back
to socialism.
-Now, when he says “going back,”
he’s probably referring
to President Obama,
who was many things,
but he was not a socialist.
I mean, first of all,
look at the way he dresses now.
He looks like
a high-powered sports agent.
“LeBron, baby!
You’re, uh…crushin’ it.”
The minute
he left the White House,
he got cast in a recurring role
on “Ballers.”
[ Laughter ]
And yet…while he was whining
about socialism in public,
Trump was also claiming
in private that he had predicted
the success of one of
the most famous self-described
Democratic socialists
of the new Congress,
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Trump met news anchors
hours before his speech
and claimed
that he was among the first
to spot her political talent
and said he had predicted
her primary upset last year.
Trump said he knew Ocasio-Cortez
had “it,” meaning star power.
Oh, really? You predicted
that one of the most charismatic
and Internet-famous politicians
in the country had star power?
I wonder who else
he brags about.
“You know who I think
is going places? Tom Hanks.”
[ Laughter ]
Trump thinks he’s good
at spotting star power
because he thinks
he has star power,
but when people say Trump has
“it,” that’s not what they mean.
“I’m sorry,
but it looks like you have it.
And, um…
it has gone
straight to your brain.”
Scaremongering about socialism
might have worked
a few years ago,
but it’s lost its punch now
that Republicans have used it
over, and over, and over again.
Just take last year’s
midterm elections.
Trump went to Wisconsin,
a state he won in 2016,
to campaign against Democratic
Senator Tammy Baldwin,
and he tried to warn the crowd
that Baldwin
would support
socialized medicine,
although he claimed he was
trying to be nice about it.
-Leah’s radical far-left
opponent is Tammy Baldwin…
[ Audience boos ]
…who wants a socialist
takeover of healthcare.
[ Audience boos ]
You know, I’m trying
to say that very nicely.
I’m trying to —
See, normally I’d scream,
“They want
a socialist takeover!”
Now I say,
“Wants a socialist takeover.”
I’m trying to be nice.
-It’s so jarring
when he tells people
he’s pretending to be nice.
It’s like if Robert De Niro
looked into the camera
halfway through a movie
and said,
“I’m not really in the mafia.
I’m pretending.
None of this is real.”
[ Laughter and applause ]
And the attack didn’t work.
Baldwin ended up winning
her race by 10 points,
but if you thought
billionaire Donald Trump
would be the
least effective messenger
against the supposed dangers
of socialized medicine,
you’d be wrong.
Because on Tuesday,
Fox Business News
actually found someone
who was even worse at it —
“Duck Dynasty” star
Phil Robertson.
Fox had him on for some reason,
and instead of asking him
about something
he’s qualified to talk about,
like duck calls or how to dress
if you want to blend
into a marsh,
they asked him
about healthcare policy,
and he ended up
going on an insane rant
about Senator Kamala Harris’
to eliminate
private health insurance.
Even the Fox anchor
who invited him on
was flustered by how crazy
his answers were.
-We have been given, contrary
to what Kamala Harris said —
She says, “Elect me,
and everything’s free.
Look, everybody can have
their own healthcare.
The government’s going to
finance the whole thing.”
What I’m saying is that, Kamala,
I already have healthcare.
It’s given to me by God.
Eternal healthcare.
I’m guaranteed to be raised
from the dead.
I have life and immortality
given to me by God
through Jesus Christ.
-But people get sick on Earth
in human form,
so would you advise —
-The temporary reprieve
is not worth it.
-The anchor actually had to say,
“People get sick on Earth
in human form.”
[ Laughter ]
I mean, I’m assuming —
I’m assuming
after you have to say that
to a guest,
your next stop is at your
producer’s office to say,
“Maybe no more woods people?”
Also, it’s so crazy
seeing a guy say that
with a stock ticker
underneath him.
“Did you get
any stock tips today?”
“No, but I heard Phil
Robertson’s gonna live forever.”
And, by the way, lest you think
Fox sought out the opinion
of a regular guy,
Hillbilly Gandalf here
reportedly has a net worth
of $15 million,
plus an extra 38 cents
if he ever combs out his beard.
[ Laughter ]
And yet somehow the fever dream
got weirder from there
because Robertson went on to
claim that people don’t need
healthcare at all
and that he was living proof.
-I’m telling her, I have eternal
healthcare, and it’s free.
Doctors can give you
a little temporary reprieve,
but they cannot save you
from physical death.
The doctors who treat you,
they die, too. Jesus —
-But you’re not dismissing
that we need —
people need healthcare, right?
It’s just who pays —
-I didn’t have healthcare
for 50 years.
-Well, you look great.
[ Laughter ]
[ Cheers and applause ]
The reason they’re all freaking
out about Medicare for all
is because they know it
makes basic sense to people.
Most people don’t care
whether it’s called socialism
or capitalism or whatever.
They just know it’s inherently
unfair for mega-billionaires
to hoard their wealth
while millions of Americans
don’t even have healthcare.
Ocasio-Cortez made that point
in an interview recently,
and a Fox News guest
mocked her for it.
-A system that allows
billionaires to exist
when there are parts of Alabama
where people
are still getting ringworm
because they don’t have access
to public health is wrong.
-She’s saying, Mark,
that basically
she doesn’t want
the kind of poverty
that leads to lack of healthcare
to exist…
when people are, you know,
allowed to have
billions of dollars
and be fat cats, essentially.
-Well, first of all, I mean the
fact is ringworm isn’t deadly.
I mean, people get ringworm —
It’s like foot fungus.
-“We know ringworm isn’t deadly.
For some people, it’s jewelry.”
[ Laughter ]
“Will you take this ring
and be my swamp bride?
I’m never gonna die.
You can be on my health
insurance. I get it from Jesus!”
[ Laughter ]
[ Cheers and applause ]
Now, there is a reason, a reason
these guys are freaking out
about Medicare for all
and why most Democrats running
for President are for it.
It makes basic sense to people.
Everyone deserves healthcare.
For one very simple reason,
and that is…
-People get sick on Earth
in human form.
-This has been “A Closer Look.”

100 thoughts to “Trump and Phil Robertson Freak Out About “Socialism”: A Closer Look”

  1. Yeah. The internet is evil, or has the potential to be evil or just makes information too available for anyone who wants to look for it. If we had a well informed public with an incentive to vote, who would be in trouble now?

  2. Americans are beyond stupid… HEALTH-CARE FOR THE PEOPLE IS SOCIALISM – BAD, BAD, BAD BUT CORPORATE WELFARE is alive and well! WTF – how STUPID can Americans be. The bible thumping born-agains have all the answers…. praise jesus and pass the AK-47!

  3. Looking at all the hate, incompetence, ineptitude and ignorance in the US – amongst a large portion of the citizens – I’m really getting worried about it’s future more and more,..

  4. I'm an American who has lived in Canada, Spain, Wales, and Poland. There are some really good things about Socialism, and some not so good things. Generally speaking though, I found things to be nicer, kinder, more human rights, more help for those who need it, and less people afraid of bills/ health issues/ 'what if' scenarios in those other countries. My yearly eye exam in Wales was less than $15. And I had two visits to the Emergency room, a doctor's visit, a minor surgery, and 2 days in a Welsh hospital. My total cost ? $1800 cash. I had to pay as I was a tourist, and not covered by their NHS. Even so, how much would the same services be in an American hospital ?

  5. Trump's repeating the myths he's heard as all good demagogues do; on the other hand, the US was actually founded on the backs of black slaves (not liberty) and women who could not vote or own property. In addition, the aristocrats wrote and ratified the US Constitution and to quickly solidify government (coercion/control) law and order to maintain the wealthy class as primary land owners and quell the rioting from the underclass who fought and sacrificed in the US Revolution and felt entitled to own land. As a matter of fact George Washington was one of the largest landowners in the colonies PRE-Revolution and was selected to be the first president FOR THAT REASON and that is why his main focus for decades was writing LAND ACTS to preserve his wealth that he acquired during a long lucrative career as a British soldier (who were paid by the throne in frontier land).

  6. Why are we even listening to Phil Robertson – about ANYTHING?!?!? He is pure unadulterrated swamp trash . . . .

  7. Seth …. can you follow the tele prompter .. ? You sure ..we neeed to slow it down for you ? Also try eye surgery

  8. It's kind of America's blind spot. Just unwilling to accept what other countries have implemented is better than their Eugenics nightmare

  9. So what kind of system takes our tax money and gives it to (among others) l, big pharma? If we were investing in the research funding, why don't we see anything in the form of tax credits when they make billions in profit? And why can we not afford to buy the things we paid to discover, develop & test?

  10. The internet didn't cause human trafficking. Fat, pretend-rich white men like Trump trafficking Melanoma, a prostitute from the Ukraine, caused it.

  11. Ok, so it's late I'm eating and when at 1:59. I almost had mashed potatoes almost come through my nose. Lol ! Ouch ! very painful. 😆

  12. What a ridiculous, transparent, and pathetic, deeply pathetic, SHOW-OFF — with, ironically, nothing really worth showing off to anyone . . . except, that is, from a clinical standpoint. There, he is a cornucopia of data. What a profoundly sick and selfish monster it is.

  13. the god moron wtf is he on i want some, there is no fucking god if you say there is then prove it and i mean prove, the bible is not proof its a collection of stories no more. the sooner you Americans drop god, the better off you will become, instead of the hypocrites you are showing the world that you have become.

  14. Social secufity…..socialism

    Medicare…. socialism


    Food Stamps….socialism


    Interstate road system…..socialism

    Postal system….socialism

    Running water….socialism



  15. Phil Robertson is so wrong about many of his beliefs. Tragically all due to his religious dogma.
    Not to mention he sounds like an idiot just like Donald Trump.

  16. Socialism is an economic and political system where the ways of making a living (factories, offices, etc.) are owned by the workers who run them and the people who depend on them, meaning the value made belongs to the people who make it, instead of a group of private owners. I’m sorry but that sounds awesome to me. Be in charge of your own life.

  17. So Faux get their medical advice from an inbred hillbilly who thinks the best form of treatment is to just die and then hope God brings you back? Well done Faux. This is a new low.

  18. how about less aircraft carriers and fighter jets and better health care for all so quality of life is better. China seems to be enjoying themselves. Maybe because they didn't have to go through two wars recently. One which lasted for 20 years and another that brought back two enemy armies.

  19. Dear Americans, I have visited and admired your country. I love your ideals even when you don’t live up to them, so please believe me as a medically retired English Nurse – Your lack of Universal Healthcare is a travesty. The most powerful and rich country in the world has the highest mortality rates for women in labour and children in the developed world. You don’t have to have our NHS. The world has many examples of successful methods but none are the ‘free market’. You gave up on the debacle that was free market private Fire Services a century ago but not medicine? I have a neuro disease that’s degenerative and see world class neurologists without a single form or payment, paid by our taxes (24%) plus sales taxes. My premature twins survived and flourished despite being born at 26 weeks and I incurred no debt. I receive a decent disability payment that keeps me working and I know that my home is safe thanks to the laws here. Since Obamacare pre existing conditions have been covered and people are no longer bankrupted but this is not nearly enough. It speaks to your morals, universal healthcare should be one the building blocks for a good and successful society. Not drug dealers who are incentivised to prescribe opiates indiscriminately. Your Doctors profit the more drugs you need.

  20. I hate 45. I hate anyone who voted for 45. “Well just because someone voted for trump doesn’t make them a bad person.” No. It makes them a narcissistic, delusional, shallow minded douchebag of a person. I wish he’d just die from melanoma already.

  21. Damn, hearing trump talk is just like hearing his supporters talk. Just a bunch of bullshit spewing out of arrogant people.

  22. Hey Phil Robertson I like to know it was Jesus paying for your children when they was little and they got sick and needed a doctor I doubt it I think your wife was probably out working having Insurance on your family while he's a deadbeat piece of s***

  23. Conservatives are all for welfare for the rich. Jeff Bezos literally received a 75 million dollar gift from the new tax plan. Rich people are now paying almost nothing in taxes since most of their expenses are now write-offs. The poor and middle class have to pay for their hookers and yachts.

  24. I live in a “socialist” country, New Zealand. I don’t have to worry about going bankrupt if myself or anyone I’m responsible for gets sick.
    Trump has socialism for the 1% tax cut and for farmers losing from his trade wars.

  25. Nobody in other countries get free healthcare, but it comes out of taxes and goes, to the healthcare providers, via the government. So you don't have the expensive army of middle-men totting up bills, working out insurance, co-pay and excess payments, and insurance companies skimming off the profits and trying to get out of paying anything but the minimum!!
    The amount of extra taxes, which we in the UK only pay if we are working, and only after earning a certain amount, is less than the private insurance premiums you pay in the US, is that so complicated that the average citizen can't work that out????

  26. No! We have Capitalism gone wild, where the greedy suck the life out of the little guy, so that the wealthy can live a life of luxury! All it takes is greasing the palms of corrupt politicians to provide loopholes and tax breaks for them to win, and for us to lose! Greed has no conscience, virtue, or sympathy! Trump is the poster boy of greed!.

  27. Satian, you are laughing to your own jokes, because no one really laughing at them. Turn your recording imitating audiens on the background, and you use inexperience delinquent women's speach
    as an example, I bet she thinks you are also a money man, only you are making it on the expense of others. Joke is on you, because people are catching up with your boring jocks!!

  28. Free fruit and vegetables to all. And free rice and corn (wheat = gluten) for all. Maybe a gallon of milk per month per person (can be received weekly in those tiny jugs)? Meat you buy yourself. Lol. This would lead to a healthier and better fed America.

    Seriously though. Wouldn’t it be nice to get maybe a head of lettuce or something every week, one fruit a day of your choice (from the cheaper fruits), a small bag of rice, and maybe a few other veggies or in-season produce? Pick it up every week during a normal grocery run, and know that even with no money, your family won’t ever go hungry. Even if the kids complain about the broccoli, lol.

  29. I wish i had universal healthcare. I have some minor problems, but my high deductible insurance means it’s about $400 a pop to see the doctor. So I’m basically planning to get everything I need medically done within a short time, to use up my deductible and go into coverage. But once I hit coverage baby, you bet I’ll be using all the services I need or want. Cause I’ll have already paid a month’s take-home to reach that. $100 copay ER? Cough cough. $25 copay specialist? Pop that pimple. Lol.

    But that’s an example of the worst part of this system: small issues can’t/won’t be seen until they become big issues, but people with major issues will go do unnecessary things because they might as well, they’ve spent their life savings already to get there.

  30. I'm in Scotland – we don't pay for healthcare whether it be for doctors or medicine. I feel sorry for Americans who can't afford treatment. It must be a terrible weight to bear.

  31. Trump is the King of Legalized HUMAN TRAFFICKING ! The Private Prison Industry needs to be OUTLAWED in the U.S.A. . LEGALIZED Human Trafficking must be ABOLISHED. !

  32. Trump: "we were born free and we would stay free"
    camera pans to Bernie sanders 😑😑
    Lmao he ain't buyin' any of it 😂😅

  33. North Carolina Republicans just raped the memory of 9/11 to win a budget vote and usurp democracy. They have infact forgotten.

  34. Life expectancy in Alabama; 74.9 years..
    On par with Armenia,El Salvador and Thailand,so in effect a third world state…
    Life expectancy in most European countries 80.1 years.
    All that " socialism" must be BAD for them???

  35. Light and truth causes vampires (ego/greed) great pain and suffering. That is why uplifting words like "democratic society", "care for all" and "green new deal" create such misery for the alien vampires (ego/greed).

    But the words greed, capitalism, sanction, starve, torture, murder and bomb are encouraged. Because these ugly (heavy) words suck the joy out of US (hearts/love) with the heavy gravitational pull of their darkness (absence of love) aka. greed.

    Currently, Count (ing) Dracula (Trump) and the evangelical vampires (egos) are hiding behind the robe of truth (love) to worship ignorance (absence of love) aka. greed.

    The truth said with the wrong intent is worse than all that lies invent.

  36. They dont want medical for all, it's not because its called socialistic or whatever other words they use..I cannot believe no one mentioned this. The only reason is all because of money, the government makes millions and billions from the pharmaceutical, NRA, insurance, fossil fuels, coal companies ….so if you start regulating all those companies then the government will not make money. All the fat and old bastards make money from the corrupted companies. They are all sick.

  37. I have lived in "Socialist" Europe for 30 years and dont mind higher taxes because it meant I could take my kids to the doctor anytime and they got a virtually free university education. How is this bad??

  38. Sick of this idiot and crook, the way he talks, he knows is all bullshit, so that's why he contours all over, open his mouth wide open, flaps his arms all over, his hands movements, Obama nor any other President spoke like this drama queen. In my 68 years of life, this idiot is definitely the worst "p"resident ever. All past Presidents with exception of George Bush Jr. have been great.

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