Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison in June 2009 after he admitted to defrauding thousands of investors of billions of dollars over a period stretching back decades,
When told by Mark Dice that Bernie Sanders was bringing Madoff aboard as his vice-presidential pick to “help clean up Wall Street,” one man responded, “I think that’s a good idea,” noting that the ticket would include “all the Berns”.
Another respondent illustrated how most people form their political opinions by proxy when he stated, “One person told me about him and said good things so if he’s as good as the person says then I’m all for it.”
“From what I heard, what I was told about what Bernie’s about, I’m all for it,” he adds.
Dice asks another woman whether picking Madoff as Bernie’s running mate is a good idea “even though they have the same first name,” to which she responds, “Yeah I think it’s pretty cool, it’s pretty badass, yeah.”
Another individual notes that “having someone strong in finance” would be good for Bernie’s campaign, seemingly unaware of the fact that Madoff presided over what is considered the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.
“Having a strong finance background,” that’s what we’re all looking for,” adds the man.
One older man who actually knows who Bernie Madoff is laughs off Dice’s question, but another individual trusts that Bernie knows what he’s doing picking Madoff because his other policies are sound.
“From what I hear, Bernie is kind of starting a revolution, right, he wants to help a lot of people, a lot of low income individuals and I think since he got another Bernie – Bernie Madoff – as his VP, I think that will really solidify his position,” asserts another man, agreeing that Madoff had an extensive financial history.