David Frum Says Sanders Voters Are Unreliable, 'May Forget to Pay Their Cable Bill Entirely'

Senior Editor of The Atlantic David Frum raised eyebrows Tuesday as he attempted to explain the difference between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on the BBC program Newsnight.

"Joe Biden appeals to people who pay their cable bills on the day they arrive," Frum said. "Bernie Sanders appeals to people who may forget to pay their cable bill entirely. The first group, they're both equally morally worthy, but the first group is more reliable."

MSNBC host Chris Hayes called Frum's comments out in a tweet, calling his remarks "not only insulting but also just dumb."

Frum's comments raided an outcry from Twitter users who cited his support for the War in Iraq during the Bush administration.

"David Frum appeals to people who think supporting historically calamitous misadventures that result in the death of millions and the untold destruction of nation states is evidence of wisdom," tweeted broadcaster Luke Thomas.

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Writer David Frum compared Bernie Sanders supporters to "people who may forget to pay their cable bill" Tuesday. Michael S. Schwartz/Getty

"David Frum detests working class people," tweeted Democratic Florida Congressional candidate Jen Perelman. "A man with blood on his hands helping lead us into the Iraq War, embodies the worst of our corporate media who serve power, not the people. #NotMeUs will change that. #SuperTuesday"

"To the extent they're young and living in this unequal economy, they are," tweeted David Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect, "and it's mainly due to people like David Frum and the political figures he's written speeches for."

Newsweek reached out to Frum for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Frum's comments on Biden and Sanders supporters came as results from Super Tuesday were being reported from 14 states. Without all results being tallied, Biden appeared to be the big winner in the Tuesday Democratic primaries with an estimated total of 277 delegates total and project wins in eight states. In order for a candidate to be nominated, they would need to amass 1,911 delegates throughout the primary process.

"Things are looking awful good," Biden said to his supporters in Los Angeles Tuesday. "For those that have been knocked down, counted out, left behind, this is your campaign. Just a few days ago, the press and the pundits declared the campaign dead."

Sanders appears to have won Utah, California, Colorado and his home state of Vermont, where he spoke to his supporters Tuesday with "absolute confidence."

"When we began this race for the presidency, everybody said it couldn't be done. Tonight I tell you with absolute confidence we are going to win the Democratic nomination and we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country," Sanders said.

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