Does Anybody Know If Trump and Bernie Have Anything in Common? If So, What Might That Be?

Donald Trump and the Independent Junior Senator from Vermont (not Democrat Patrick Leahy) have two things in common:


They're both white.


They were both born in the United States.


Trump said his father was born in Germany — but no — that was Friedrich Dumpf, who was born in Germany; Donald’s very authoritarian father, Fred Trump Sr., was born in these here United States. See the best book yet written about Donald: Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success, by Michael D’Antonio.


It was Fred Sr. who sent Donald to New York Military Academy because young Donald (one of five Trumps) would sneak out of Trump Haus in Queens and go to Manhattan to buy switchblades.


Bernie’s father was borh in Slopnice, Galicia, in what is now Poland. Bernie’s mother was born in New York City.


Bernie likes to talk at his rallies, but he’s never lied about where his father came from.


Trump talks a lot at his rallies, where he lies many times over.


In Austin, South By Southwest ("South By," or SXSW) cancelled because of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), and it will not be rescheduled this year (maybe next year when we have a far better dude in the White House).


Our Texas-based associate solitary reporter, Peggy Malinowski, is, at this very moment, working hard as can be, as she interviews South By’s Founder, Roland Swenson, and Austin’s Mayor, Democrat Steve Adler, to see whether Austin’s economy will ever recover.


School districts all over the United States have to decide what to do about COVID-19.


Neither Trump nor Sanders thinks it’s necessary to cancel their rallies (, even though South By cancelled.


COVID-19 is an epidemic (at least) or a pandemic (per the WHO), and Trump’s subordinates have very poor ideas about how to deal with it, especially since all communications with public health experts who work for Trump have to be cleared through former Indiana conservative talk show host Mike Pence.


Moments ago, associate solitary reporters Keith Coleman and Kendall Craft, MD, spoke with Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar (you know, the guy who came from Eli Lilly); and Trump’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson; and previously muzzled Dr. Anthony Fauci (, to ask each of them how Trump is going to deal in a helpful way with COVID-19.


Secretary Azar was president of the U.S. Division of Eli Lilly and Company, a big pharmaceutical drug company that Bernie doesn’t like. Azar was also a member of the board of directors of Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a pharmaceutical lobby.


Bernie (and he's not the only one, by far) doesn't like pharmaceutical lobbies.


Bernie doesn’t like lobbyists, but Bernie does know that the word “lobbyist” comes from the Lobby at the Willard Hotel, a prestigious hotel in the District of Columbia between the White House and Trump International Hotel — a hotel which has received many many dollars paid by foreigners (among others) who know that by staying there, they’ll be pleasing Trump.


The most unpopular Senator in Washington is Ted Cruz (TP-Texas), but he’s back in the Lone Star State now, because he shook hands with a person who was COVID-19-infected at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which was recently held in National Harbor, Maryland — and, to Ted’s credit, he’s self-quarantined in Texas — only what we don’t know is how many people Cruz may have favored with COVID-19 in somebody’s aircraft that took him home (


On Tuesday, Bernie and Uncle Joe Biden will be going mano a mano in Michigan, which holds its presidential primary then. Bernie’s in Michigan now, and, at last report, Uncle Joe’s in Mississippi, but no doubt he’ll be in Michigan very soon.


We'll be sending associate solitary reporter Coleman to Michigan Tuesday evening to let us know whether Bernie or Uncle Joe prevails there.