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Internet-related memes sometimes come from the simplest word slip-ups. On Sunday, during his debate with former Vice President Joe Biden on CNN, Bernie Sanders went after Biden’s record on Social Security. Sanders encouraged readers to check out Biden’s record for themselves. But it’s the Vermont senator’s wording that captured the attention of some on social media readers.
“Go to the YouTube,” Sanders encouraged readers, telling them to watch a video on Sanders’ YouTube channel featuring a 2007 interview where Biden says “everything” is on the table when it came to budget cuts.
English-speakers do tend to say “the internet,” or “the World Wide Web,” but video company YouTube doesn’t have a “the” in front of it. And social-media users immediately swept up the phrase.
“TO THE YOUTUBE!” tweeted one Twitter user, pairing the caption with a photo of Marvel’s Avengers in full charge.
“Go to the YouTube,” wrote another user. “And when you’re done with that could one of yous please reset the clock on my VCR?”
Some saw a positive angle in Sanders’ phrasing. “Bernie is reaching out to seniors by calling it ‘the YouTube,” wrote comedian Kate Willett.
And for some, the fact that Sanders’ social media accounts picked up “the YouTube” and ran with it was a move worth voting for. “Bernie owing his gaffes make them 100% times better,” wrote one Twitter user.
Sanders’ official account’s tweet using the phrase was liked more than 23,000 times and retweeted more than 7700 times in less than an hour.
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