According to the Washington Examiner:
President Trump recent jab at Bernie Sanders as “a communist” was meant as an insult. But the 2020 Democrat and Vermont senator wouldn’t take it that way.
In 1972, Sanders, then a gubernatorial protest candidate for the socialist Liberty Union party, visited an alternative high school in Rutland, Vermont to give his campaign pitch. During a question-and-answer session, Sanders, then 31, brushed off accusations of being a left-wing radical.
“I don’t mind people coming up and calling me a communist,” Sanders said.
On the night of the Super Bowl, Trump said “communist” was the first word that came to his mind when he thought of Sanders in an interview by Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
“I think he’s a communist,” Trump said. “Look, I think of communism when I think of Bernie. You could say socialist, but didn’t he get married in Moscow? That’s wonderful. Moscow’s wonderful.”
Trump was then corrected by Hannity, explaining that Sanders only honeymooned in the Soviet Union in 1988.
Although Sanders has formally refrained from self-identifying as a communist, his ties with far-left Marxist groups runs for decades.