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Bernie Sanders: ‘You Use a Handkerchief When You Open a Doorknob in the Capitol, You Know?’

By CNSNews.com Staff | April 8, 2020 | 10:19am EDT
(Getty Images/Win McNamee)
(Getty Images/Win McNamee)

(CNSNews.com) - In an interview with The Nation, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, indicated that when he is in the U.S. Capitol nowadays he uses a handkerchief when he touches a doorknob.

“I was in the Senate last week voting on the bill,” Sanders explained.

“But even then, you’ve got to get in, you’ve got to get out without seeing people. I mean, it’s totally different,” he said.

“You use a handkerchief when you open a doorknob in the Capitol, you know?” Sanders said. “Look, it’s not just me. It’s a weird and painful experience for me, as it is for everybody in America.”

Here is the section of Bernie Sanders’s interview with The Nation where he says he now uses a handkerchief when he opens a doorknob in the Capitol:

John Nichols: “Are you reading anything? Have you got any books on the table?”

Bernie Sanders: “I am studying, not reading books. I’m trying to understand more about these pandemics, reading a little bit about that, you know, trying to understand when this goddamn thing ends. You know, [it’s not quite] clear to me. I was expecting a call tonight from one of the leading scientists in the government to help me out on that. I’m reading and reaching out to the best economists that I can and others.

But all in all, I would not be honest with you if I didn’t tell you that, on a personal level, I think this is as difficult for me as it is for tens of millions of other Americans. People want to go to work. They want to be around their family. They want to be with their coworkers. They want to be productive.

“I’m in the midst of a campaign and working as a United States senator. I was in the Senate last week voting on the bill. But even then, you’ve got to get in, you’ve got to get out without seeing people. I mean, it’s totally different. You use a handkerchief when you open a doorknob in the Capitol, you know? Look, it’s not just me. It’s a weird and painful experience for me, as it is for everybody in America.

“So we’re all going through this thing together, and we’ve all got to do everything we possibly can to get out of this as quickly as we can and to do everything we can to make sure that this never happens again—that we’re better prepared for a pandemic and we’re better prepared for an economic downturn. That’s it."

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