On March 30, Bernie Sanders completed an in-depth interview on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" that included two succinct, quotable (and very meme-able) comments.
See them below:
"(T)he deeper point, Rachel, is the Republican Party today has moved very, very far to the right. Uh, they are way out of touch with where the American people are.
"And I think if we had a media in this country that was really prepared to look at what the Republicans actually stood for rather than quoting every absurd remark of Donald Trump, talking about Republican Party, talking about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the top two-tenths of one percent, cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Medicaid, a party which with few exceptions, doesn't even acknowledge the reality of climate change, let alone do anything about it, a party which is not prepared to stand with women in the fight for pay equity, a party that is not prepared to do anything about a broken criminal justice system or a corrupt campaign finance system, I think, to be honest with you -- and I just don't, you know, say this rhetorically, this is a fringe party. It is a fringe party. Maybe they get five, 10 percent of the vote.
"What you really need in this country is a progressive party standing with the working class and the middle class of this country. And yes, a conservative party that, you know, has, you know, is more fiscally conservative. That is where we should be as a country.
"But the Republican Party today now is a joke, maintained by a media which really does not force them to discuss their issues.
And while his answer to the first question established a factual premise, one he compressed into simple terms that could be clutched inside a fist, his second answer responded with the punch that fist needs to make this November.
"Well, I'm not going to give the Republican leadership, you know, really any ideas on how they can reorganize their party. All I can tell you is that it is absolutely imperative for the future of this country and for future generations that we do not have a Republican in the White House, whether it is Trump or Cruz or anybody else."