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Sen. Bernie Sanders Stands By Extreme Rhetoric

The Vermont senator claims his extreme rhetoric, including his comparing the Republican health care bill to 9/11, comes from studies.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is standing by the extreme rhetoric he has been using at rallies across America, claming that he is simply citing studies when he claims that the Republican health care bill would be worse than the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Sanders made those comments during an interview on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday.

The View’s Jedediah Bila asked Sanders about the extreme rhetoric some Democrats, including Sanders, have used during the health care debate, and whether Sanders thinks this rhetoric is irresponsible.

Bila cited Sanders’ claims that Republicans would be killing Americans if they repeal Obamacare.

Sanders hit back against Bila’s allegation, claiming that he is merely citing studies on the issue, and that all agree if the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare is successful it will result in thousands of Americans dying.

“This is what I said, what I said and it’s not me, it’s a dozen or more studies that show that if you throw 22 million people off the insurance they have … is that thousands of those people will die. That’s what Harvard says, that’s what study after study shows. It’s not me, I’m just telling you what major studies are showing,” Sanders told Bila.

Sanders recently suggested that the Republican health care bill would be worse than the 9/11 terrorist attacks, during a “Care Not Cuts” rally in Morgantown, WV. It’s unclear what study Sanders was citing at this rally.