The former Democratic presidential candidate used the prop as a reference as he called on the president-elect to either veto any legislation to cut Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security or admit that he "lied" to the American people.
"Let me quote somebody who I suspect I will not often be quoting," Sanders said while speaking about planned GOP changes to ObamaCare.
"On May 7, 2015, Donald Trump tweeted, 'I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid.'"
"Now the point is Trump didn't just say this in passing," Sanders added, with the enlarged tweet on display behind him, "This was a cornerstone of his campaign. He said it over and over and over again."
Sanders is set to appear Monday at a CNN town hall, where he "will discuss the Democratic strategy for dealing with Trump's administration."
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Bernie Sanders Makes Big Statement With Oversized Trump Tweet
Sen. Bernie Sanders haunted Donald Trump and Republicans with the ghost of Twitter past on Wednesday.
The Vermont senator printed an oversized tweet of Trump's to use as a visual aid during the Senate's debate over the future of Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. The president-elect's tweet from May 2015 claimed that he was the only Republican candidate "to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid."
Trump punctuated the tweet with a jab at former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
"I think it is interesting that we listen to what Donald Trump said during the campaign," Sanders said on the floor of the chamber, as the giant tweet was revealed. "That Democrats hear what he had to say during the campaign — what he campaigned on — and more importantly Republicans listen and hear what their leader had to say about these issues."
Republicans are fighting to repeal the legislation, an act that the Urban Institute said in a recent study would cause 24 million people to lose their health care coverage.
Sanders said that Trump must be held accountable for his campaign promises, as they are what allowed him to win the presidency.
"This is what he asked millions of elderly people and working class people to vote for him on — these are the principles that Donald Trump ran and won the presidency on," Sanders said.
Sanders said in an earlier press conference with Democrats that there were two possible realities for the president-elect: either Trump should be considered a liar or the real estate mogul must proclaim clearly that he will veto any legislation that would cut any of the three entitlement programs that he mentioned.
"If he makes that clear to his Republican colleagues we can save us a whole lot of time and start getting to work doing what this country desperately needs to have done."
Mike Casca, Sanders' outgoing communications director, had the job of carrying the giant placards through Capitol Hill, and earned a grin from former GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz.
Bernie Sanders displays giant Trump tweet on Senate floor
With the fight over health care in Congress brewing, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took to the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon to argue against the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare. And Sanders brought with him a visual aid to help make his point: a poster-size print of a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump.
In the May 7, 2015, tweet, which came before Trump announced his presidential campaign, the real estate mogul bragged that he was the first potential GOP candidate to pledge no cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — and that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had “copied” him.
Earlier Wednesday, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said that the first priority of the Trump administration would be to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and that the process will begin with a series of executive orders by Trump on their first day in the White House.
“Obamacare has failed,” Pence said after a meeting with House Republicans on Wednesday. “Now is the time to keep our promises. Step one will be to repeal Obamacare.”
President Obama met with Sanders and other key Democrats to formulate a strategy to block the GOP assault on his signature health care plan.
After the meeting, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Democrats “have a great deal of optimism” that parts of the Affordable Care Act will, in fact, stay, and that Republicans “don’t quite know what to do” with their newfound power.
“They’re like the dog that caught the bus,” Schumer said. “They can repeal, but they have nothing to put in its place.”
Schumer also unveiled a tagline that uses Trump’s campaign slogan to attack the GOP plan.
“The Republican plan to cut health care wouldn’t make America great again,” Schumer said. “It would make America sick again and lead to chaos.”
Sanders also addressed reporters, and used Trump’s 2015 tweet as a reference point.
“Trump didn’t just say this in passing,” Sanders said. “He didn’t say it in the middle of the night. He didn’t say it in an interview. This was a cornerstone of his campaign. He said it over and over and over again.”
Trump, Sanders added, “has got to come forward — maybe through a tweet, one of his tweets — and say clearly that [he] will veto any legislation that cuts Medicare, that cuts Medicaid or that cuts Social Security.”