MSNBC's Brian Williams this week tried to capture the mood of Democrats opposed to Sen. Bernie Sanders by quoting, of all things, an anonymous #Resistance Twitter troll.
The moment came as Williams and his guests discussed the Vermont senator's recent criticisms of the Washington Post and its owner, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who purchased the newspaper in 2013 for $ 250 million.
Sanders asked Monday evening during a campaign event in New Hampshire, "Anybody here know how much Amazon paid in taxes last year?"
"Nothing!" his audience shouted.
"See, I talk about that all the time And then I wonder why the Washington Post which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn't write particularly good articles about me, "the senator said." I don't know why. But I guess maybe there is a connection. Maybe we helped raise the minimum wage at Amazon to $ 1
Later, on Tuesday, Sanders clarified his meaning.
" I think my corporate media criticism is not that they are anti-Bernie , that they wake up, you know, in the morning and say, 'What could we do to hurt Bernie Sanders?' – That's not the case that Jeff Bezos gets on the phone to the Washington Post "he said in an interview with CNN.
He added," There is a framework of what we can discuss and What we can't discuss, and that's a serious problem. "
That same evening, Williams teed up a segment about the Sanders / Amazon spat, alleging that Sanders was adopting Trump-like talking points. For evidence, he turned to an anonymous Twitter troll called The Hoarse Whisperer, explaining it was the "tweet from last night that caught my attention."
The stupid tweet reads: "Okay, since this is trending, here's #MyBernieStory. The year was 2016 and Bernie was already An actual Democrat would have stopped torpedoing the nominee and worked to defeat Trump but Bernie had books to sell. The end. "
"That kind of nicely sums up how some Democrats feel about Bernie when they hear him using a Trump talking point," Williams said.
What in the world?
First, that tweet is a Sanders of Sanders. He campaigned vigorously for failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, even after it was alleged that Democratic National Committee officials had tipped the primary in her favor.
Second, the stupid tweet cited by Williams is not even about the Sanders vs. Amazon fight. It represents an attempt by a Twitter troll to disrupt a Sanders-inspired hashtag. The Hoarse Whisperer tweet cited by Williams was published on Aug. 12, at 11:31 a.m. EST. Sanders' remarks on Amazon that same day didn't come until five hours later, about 5 p.m. in the evening.
So, what was that again about Sanders adopting Trump talking points?
Lastly, is this really the best example of a Democratic Sanders critic Williams could find? Was literally every other human on the planet unavailable for comment?
Just to recap: Brian Williams cited an anonymous troll who falsely accused Sanders of "torpedoing" Clinton to accuse the senator of using Trump talking points. And the anchor didn't even get the context of the stupid #Resistance tweet correct.
Other than all that, though, it's a great point from Williams. Solid work all around, fellas.