Fresh off endorsing Bernie Sanders for President, John Fetterman made the trip to NYC for an appearance on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.
Fetterman was one of three guests Thursday night, with the panel spending most of its time, predictably, debating the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The Braddock mayor reiterated his support for the Vermont Senator, and tried to downplay another panelist’s claim that Sanders is an extremist much like GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
“I don’t think he’s radical,” Fetterman said. “I just think he’s proposing common-sense things that need to happen in America today.”
Fetterman, a bit of a wild card himself in PA’s Democratic Senate primary, said Sanders has been surprisingly successful in tapping into the millennial demographic, even breaking the individual donor record set by Pres. Obama in 2011.
“I think America is looking for authenticity,” Fetterman said. “I think that’s what’s driving these numbers. I think that’s why he’s surging in demographics you wouldn’t think a 70-year-old Democratic Socialist would.”
With Sanders now pulling ahead in polls from Iowa and New Hampshire, some are questioning whether he can win in November. Fetterman, however, doesn’t think any Democrat will have a problem beating a “freakshow” Republican ticket.
“It’s the ultimate clown car, and I think that’s all the motivation any Democratic voter needs, regardless of who the nominee is,” Fetterman said.