- The Washington Times - Friday, May 3, 2019

Clips from Sen. Bernard Sanders‘ local access television show that he hosted while mayor of Burlington, Vermont, are resurfacing, where he asks kids about cocaine usage, rides a horse and interviews mall punks.

“Bernie Speaks with the Community” is described by Politico, who reported about all 51 episodes, as “a bizarre, charming and, at times, startling” show that was shot in the 1980s, where he talks to people in his community with his own created media because he didn’t believe journalists would cover his message well.

One of the highlights of the series is when he asks a group of kids about drug usage.

“Do any of the older kids you know have some problems with drugs occasionally? Who wants to talk to me about that? What about drugs? Is that a problem,” Mr. Sanders asks.

“I like coke!” a preteen says.



“Who said they like coke? All right, tell me about that,” Mr. Sanders responds.

“I like Coca-Cola!” the boy quips.

“Oh, Coca-Cola. All right, but who knows about cocaine? Has anyone ever seen cocaine? Do any of the kids know people who use drugs like that? You don’t have to tell me who,” he says, “but I bet you do.”

Later he asks the kids, “Who here smokes? Come on, raise your hand.”

“I don’t smoke because I’m a little kid. I’m only 5 years old,” a small child replies.

Other highlights include Mr. Sanders riding a horse, playing ice hockey and interviewing anti-establishment “mall punks” who tell their mayor “to heck with law and order.”

Watch a clip of the TV show below:

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