Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders appeared on Monday night’s episode of The Nightly Show to discuss his performance in the Iowa and New Hampshire polls, democratic socialism and soul food with host Larry Wilmore. All good and well, though the best bit of the interview occurred when the topic of the Vermont senator’s age came up.
“You may be the oldest person to ever become president. What are you, 74?” Wilmore asked. When Sanders responded in the affirmative, Wilmore continued.
“If you became president, God forbid something happened… I’m not saying that it is, I’m just trying to keep it 100,” said Wilmore, before adding: “Would you be comfortable with a Weekend at Bernie’s situation?”
“The good news is, I’ve been blessed with good health and a lot of endurance,” said Sanders.
The positive answer didn’t prevent Wilmore from asking Sanders to wear a pair of sunglasses and slouch in an attempt to mimic the classic late ’80s comedy‘s titular character.
Aside from the jokes, Wilmore brought up the #BlackLivesMatter protesters who interrupted Sanders in Seattle. A brief discussion ensued, and Sanders expressed his intention to address many of the institutional issues underlying the movement’s main concerns — something that he recently put into practice on the campaign trail.
Plus, Wilmore taught Sanders about what “on fleek” means, and even got the presidential candidate to say: “My plans for criminal justice reform are on fleek.”
Check out the clip below, via Comedy Central:
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