Bernie Sanders, Martin Shkreli, Engage In Twitter Battle: Senator Says, ‘They’re Crooks And Proud Of It’

Bernie Sanders, the former presidential hopeful for the Democratic Party, and Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical executive who came to public notice after he drastically hiked the price of a certain life-saving drug, are at opposite sides of a few particular political issues, and it came bubbling to the surface on social media recently. Shkreli responded tartly to a tweet from Sanders, leading the senator to use him as an example — of a crook.

It seems to have started when Bernie Sanders tweeted, on Tuesday, about the motives of drug companies. He indicated that corporations are putting profits over people — which has greater implications when those corporations provide medical needs, rather than consumer goods for entertainment or other optional services.

Shkreli, who was the subject of public outrage when he decided to hike the cost of a drug vital for AIDS patients by about 5,000 percent, might have been exactly who Bernie had in mind. He might have thought so himself, because he responded in vehement fashion.

Unfortunately, due to Shkreli’s use of a vulgar term for excrement in his response, literally half of his two-word statement can’t be reproduced here, but his statement could perhaps be understood as, “Yes, what Senator Sanders says is not only accurate but obvious.”

Martin Shkreli says Bernie Sanders is right
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He also responded to another post by Sanders about pharmeceutical price hikes. Bernie tweeted, on Wednesday, a video clip of himself telling Bill Maher his problem with medical prices. Specifically, Sanders says that too many people can’t afford to purchase the medicines prescribed for them. In sharing the video, he refers to the pharmeceutical executives behind the price points as crooks.

This, too, Shkreli handled in a way that requires a bit of censoring due to expletives. Quoting Sanders’ tweet, he responded, “And give me my donation back, [redacted expletive]. I didn’t pay for you to sell out to Hillary ‘soon to be arrested’ Clinton.”

Bernie Sanders donation from Martin Shkreli
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On this demand, Martin Shkreli is perhaps a bit late — as Inquisitr reported over a year ago, Sanders passed the donation on to a clinic specializing in AIDS and HIV treatment.

Martin Shkreli battles Bernie Sanders on Twitter
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It seems on Saturday, Senator Sanders noticed Martin Shkreli was responding to him, and used his tweet as evidence of his prior statement: that certain folks in the pharmeceutical industry are crooks.

This seemed to set Shkreli off anew, and also drew attention to him from other social media users, causing him to respond by declaring that an arrest record doesn’t affect drug sales, and to order Sanders to stop talking about him.

With Martin Shkreli’s tweets showing this level of vitriol, it’s reasonable to doubt whether such a public figure could openly tweet slurs and verbal abuse at a U.S. senator. Though Shkreli’s (verified) account was apparently hacked at one point last year, he is reported to have gotten control back pretty quickly.

The posts also aren’t really out of line with previous political posts from Shkreli, who has also promoted conspiracy theories such as the one about Hillary Clinton’s visit to her daughter’s apartment on September 11, 2016, actually being a visit to a secret medical facility.

Fact-checking site Snopes determined that, while there was indeed once an office for a Home Health Services company, the facility was cleared out long before it was converted to luxury apartments.

Martin Shkreli attack Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton
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It’s also not the first time Shkreli has tweeted rather vitriolic statements that could draw negative attention for a public figure.

If Bernie Sanders has noticed Martin Shkreli’s last few angry responses to him, and has any intent of responding to the notorious pharm exec again, he hasn’t done so yet.

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