A Disgrace, Not A Democrat- Why Feeling the Bern in 2020 Is A Very Bad Idea.

A Democratic Disaster- Why Feeling the Bern in 2020 Is A Very Bad Idea.

Last Friday was a great day for America. The #TrumpShutdown ended with a pathetic cave on the part of our childish, illegitimate president, and Roger Stone went to jail for tampering with Russiagate witnesses, among other things. It was amazing. But it seems at times that nothing can escape the Trump era’s corrosive gloom, not even a single day. These glory-filled twenty-four hours did not come without at least one man doing his best to spoil it.

Predictably, that man was Bernie Sanders, who has paid off for Russia before.

Two sources with direct knowledge of his plans told Yahoo News on Friday that Sanders, an independent and self-described “democratic socialist,” plans to announce his presidential bid imminently.

This is the best possible news for Donald Trump. Bernie is not only a disaster for Democrats. He’s a disaster for our chances of getting rid of Trump, which means he’s a disaster for democracy. They’re drinking champagne in Moscow again.

Sometimes it feels like we’re all in a time warp, stuck forever in the Groundhog Day that was 2016, a struggle that will define all its participants for life. The one constant in that whole tremendous mess was the total disarray caused by two personality cults- the Trump campaign, and the Sanders campaign. United by hatred for Hillary Clinton, Russian entanglements, and a belief that sexism is a good thing, these people came together and made one of the most notorious messes in all of human history.

Bernie’s name did not appear on the ballot as a presidential candidate in even a single state during the 2016 general election. But his legacy of sore losing and acrimony bear a large share of the blame for the disaster of the Trump administration. The blame lies squarely on his shoulders, on the Bernie or Bust movement, and on the foreign support that kept the Bern’s campaign alive for far too long. Taken as a whole, the evidence is clear that Sanders was the Ralph Nader of 2016, peeling off just enough votes from the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, to hand the presidency over to yet another Republican who lost the popular vote.

Wittingly or unknowingly, he allowed himself to become Vladimir Putin’s other puppet. His campaign’s chief strategist, Tad Devine, was the first witness called at the trial of Paul Manafort- Trump’s campaign manager. They were two sides of the same coin, but that did not make them equals.

Trump would have picked his teeth with Bernie then, and he would now. He spent his whole life beating up on guys like that, and the Russians would certainly have sided in the end with Trump. It would have been such a massacre that the Republicans will not even admit it, they are praying so hard for him to win. They know they’re sure to keep the White House if this grouchy socialist is the only one opposing them, especially considering his own past living on the fence of being a creepy pervert. Read his old rape fantasy essays from college sometime, if you’ve got the blood pressure for it. Just don’t do it before lunch.

Trump could point with dead accuracy to the Access Hollywood “Grab ’em by the p***y” tape and say hey, man, you know I’m not perfect, I’ve shot off my mouth more than once with locker room talk (as he absurdly calls it). But I never wrote anything that sick!”

Imagine the moniker ‘Rape Fantasy Bernie’ up there alongside Little Marco and Lyin’ Ted in the annals of the Trump era’s history.

This will not matter to the loud and extremely vocal few who have given his supporters their bad name, however. The insane and unpleasant remnant of Bernie or Bust will not be long in dusting off the banners they rioted under in 2016, out there in the streets outside at Philadelphia’s Democratic National Convention, as Paul Simon began to play ‘Bridge Over Troubled Waters’.

By now we have all seen the brick wall of a Bernie Bro up close and personal many times. When faced with hard facts and numbers, they will stonewall completely, sit back, and hurl slogans at you until you tire at last and have to ban them from your Facebook page. When confronted by a Bern-feeling devotee of this nature, nothing grounded in reality is going to enter the conversation.

We have seen this unfold like squares of toilet paper for three years. The vicious ugliness of Bernie Bros has become a cliche to the point where Bernie’s old campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, joined many other Sanders staffers in sending a letter of protest to his office, addressing the “Culture of Toxic Masculinity” that surrounded his campaign.” Shortly after it came out that his campaign had paid one molested staffer, forcibly kissed by one of her co-workers, $30,000 to keep her mouth shut about it. It’s enough to remind one of Stormy Daniels and Trump.

Bernie lost in 2016 in a race that was far from close. Although the Bros still blame the superdelegate system, the truth of the matter is that Hillary won by around four million votes. That’s a chunk of people the size of Chicago. She also won far more states and far more regular delegates. Superdelegates were never a factor in the race. Most people just did not feel the Bern, to paraphrase his horrible campaign slogan.

No one was buying in to a single-payer system that would have bankrupted the country to the tune of trillions of dollars, no one was buying in to the idea that a guy who has two renamed post offices to show for three decades in the Congress would one day wake up with the industriousness and creativity to be the President.

But that doesn’t stop us from being told constantly about how popular he is, even though the only demographic group of people he held Clinton to a draw among was white male voters. He also put his sexism on display using his mouth at every turn.

“It is not good enough for somebody to say, ‘I’m a woman, vote for me.’ That is not good enough,” Sanders told a crowd at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, according to WBUR.

How unbelievably patronizing. Hillary Clinton had a stronger resume for the job of being the President than any other person in the history of our fair nation, that’s why she deserved to win the race. It was not merely because she is a woman, although of course, that would have been historical. How ugly of Bernie, to say a thing like that. How unfair, and how ugly.

Women nationwide nearly rioted-with utter and total justification- when he accepted that awful Linda Sarsour’s invitation to be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Convention in 2017. Bernie backed out of that one as fast as his legs could carry him. However, even a rejection of enormity like that one hasn’t stopped his supporters from continuing to claim his amazing popularity with women. Actually, though, Bernie’s record on women’s rights is abysmal for a lot more than those rape essays he wrote.

Bernie says that Planned Parenthood is the establishment. He says women would prefer to stay home. He penned essays arguing that sexual repression causes cancer in women. The list is very long and very disheartening, at least to anyone who seriously plans of getting rid of Donald Trump.

He campaigned vigorously in 2017 for the campaign of Heath Mello of Nebraska, known for his strong anti-abortion stance, and justified it on the grounds of red-state pragmatism, which coming from a self-avowed socialist was absurd in the very extreme. In a nutshell, American women are about as likely to get behind Bernie as they are to go ice-skating in Hades.

We note in passing that we’ve just seen the end of 2018, which was the Year of the Democratic Woman. Good luck winning a Democratic primary without them.

Another notorious characteristic of the Sanders campaign was racism, and this too makes him unacceptable as our presidential candidate. His supporters ran wild with unrestrained ugliness in this regard.

This is what we're fighting.
This is who they are.

Medium.com’s Bianca Delarosa wrote a powerful piece the other day in response to the news regarding Bernie’s imminent announcement, titled simply, Black Democrats Have Plenty Of Reason to Be #NeverBernie. What his lunatic supporters have tried to do to Joy Reid over the years comes to mind. The whole uneasy history of Bernie Sanders and black America is laid out in a devastating array. Reading its entirety is something we highly recommend; it sheds a bright light on why Bernie is so wrong for the values of our party.

Bernie was once asked in a New Republic profile why he appears uncomfortable when talking about racial issues. His answer was revealing. “OK, see, this is an issue I’m not really — what I don’t want to do is get into me.” When told that it wasn’t about him per se, Sanders said, “It’s a complicated answer. It’s a good question, but I prefer not to get into it right now.”

This stems from something very basic, yet underestimated by his supporters- Bernie is not a Democrat. This is gigantic, and not for the same reasons cited by his supporters. They perceive our problem with this as being a misplaces loyalty issue, an undemocratic reversion to the days of Tammany Hall, but actually, that narrative is both fundamentally wrong and disingenuous. The real reason it matters is how much the Democratic Party has changed since then. Our base is multicultural. It’s not just white men who have their voices heard. That is highly troublesome to Bernie and has been for his whole career.

These days, after the Weaver protest letter and a number of other things, Bernie has switched his strategy. He has finally realized the necessity of courting the black vote, and so he headed down to South Carolina yesterday to make his case. He made speeches at churches and community centers and the like, belaboring those present to believe in him, citing his civil rights upbringing, meaning the five minutes he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington- as a college student. Last year, Bernie celebrated Martin Luther King Day by ripping to shreds Barack Obama, the first African-American president, but that’s another story.

“What he’s doing in South Carolina points to what his strategy is in terms of he has to make inroads in the core Democratic constituency,”  said J. Michael Bitzer, a professor of politics and history at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Bitzer has studied racial politics extensively and is widely considered an expert on the subject. When it comes to race, his view is that “you cannot divorce race from politics in the South.” This lets us know clearly what his real motives are for being down there in those churches.

According to exit polls in the state, Sanders won roughly 14 percent of black voters in South Carolina. Hillary got the other eighty-six.

Black voters are exactly like all other voters, insofar as they are not, as Delarosa pointed out, interested in being props and mascots. Who on Earth would be. They are all adults who voted smarter than any other demographic group in 2016. It really ought to go without saying they deserve to be considered as more than political coin.

Here at Millennial Democrats, we consider anything less than total integration and equality for every human person, regardless of sex or race or gender, to be completely, absolutely unacceptable. The leader we choose to put our faith behind, in the end, will have to demonstrate clearly that they thoroughly share this view.

Bernie Sanders has spent nearly thirty years proving the opposite. He will never have the support of the Party’s base, and that will make it impossible for him to beat Trump. Those committed to the Resistance must look elsewhere for a champion.

No Compromise On Choice, Bernie- Stay Out Of Women’s Convention!

This is our message to Senator Bernard Sanders. Either promise to only support pro- choice candidates, or stay out of our Women’s Convention.

This is only decent, especially given his stance on economic inequality. Anti-choice harms black and other women of color in terms of the most extreme disproportion. Overwhelming data supports this fact. The racial politics of abortion are expressed nobly by Dawn Porter in her film series on the subject. Perhaps if Bernie had watched it, he would not have endorsed Heath Mello last year.

You want equality for all, and yet you’re willing to compromise on an issue proven to harshly affect some of the most at-risk groups of people in the nation? These attempts by Bernie and his defenders to find an excuse for his support of anti-choice Mello (and his abhorrent legislation) in Omaha is appalling, and comes off as desperate.

The fact is, there is not a single person of prominence among the Sanders camp addressing or answering the fact of Bernie openly stating it’s okay to endorse and support anti- choice candidates. None of his supporters, no one from his camp and no one organizing the convention.

Instead of addressing the situation honestly, his supporters are rampaging in comment threads all across the Internet, seeking out pro-Bernie arguments rather than objective information on the issue. It is this mentality that has led to anti-choice legislation mills passing laws that harm women and disproportionately impact communities of color. 

Groups of Bernie supporters like the Justice Democrats and the Brand New Congress have taken the unfair and stupid position that real Democrats are corrupt somehow because we value our ability to work with different kinds of people and see value in the great institutions of this country, including great financial institutions such as Wall St.

They have been busy creating a rigorous purity standard to be applied to any politician still in office, and compromising with anyone who doesn’t pass it is enough to make you fail too- except when it comes to abortion rights.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would prevent women from obtaining an abortion beyond the arbitrary marker of 20 weeks of pregnancy. Under the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” medical providers who perform an abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy could face a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

This bill could result in Black women losing access to abortion services during the most desperate of circumstances. 

According to an analysis of a national sample of young women obtaining abortions in 2008, black women, uneducated women, and women who experienced either unemployment or separation from a partner were more likely than others to have a later-term abortion.

Without access to late-term abortions, black women are often forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term. This tends to be a bad scenario for everyone involved, woman and child and state. It can lead to economic insecurity and poor mental health outcomes for themselves and their families. None of this, however, meant a thing to Heath Mello, Bernie’s choice in the special election for mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, .

Imani Gandy at Rewire gave us the damning list. Mello sponsored a 20-week term limit on abortion in 2010. He voted in favor of eliminating abortion coverage from insurance plans in Nebraska. He voted to ban telemedicine abortion care, which makes abortion less accessible to poor and rural women. For all his good service, Mello was proudly endorsed by Nebraska’s Right to Life in 2010. 

The organizers of Women’s March have infuriated women worldwide with this invitation. Even their apology on the matter was tone deaf. In their latest response, they seemed to apologize for having given a man a place of such prominence in their event. Off the mark completely. It’s Bernie’s weak record on women’s rights and his rape fantasies that we object to, not the mere fact of his gender.

Hillary Clinton recently discussed the culture of sexual assault, following media coverage of a plethora of new lurid complaints against Hollywood film producer and longtime Democratic donor, Harvey Weinstein.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News on Saturday, Clinton said:

“Look, we just elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the presidency. So there’s a lot of other issues that are swirling around these kinds of behaviors that need to be addressed,” Clinton said when asked if she had heard rumors of Weinstein’s behavior before the bombshell reports.

“I think it’s important that we stay focused, and shine a bright spotlight, and try to get people to understand how damaging this is,” she continued. That last bit applies to Bernie just as well as Trump.

Remember those last set of debates last summer? Both presidential contenders were fiery, and passionate, which was only to be expected in what was a highly focused and driven primary. But Sanders was out and out rude. Rather than taking the opportunity to renounce the extremities of misogyny committed by his supporters, his performance gave weight to the concern Paul Krugman expressed back then: “Bernie is becoming a Bernie Bro.”

During the debate, Sanders interrupted Clinton again and again, at one point even throwing out a long “excuuuuse me” while wagging his finger. When not interrupting, he sat there smirking and making faces while Clinton spoke. At one point, he was seen muttering a sarcastic “OK.”

He laughed out loud as she prepared to answer a question on gun control legislation after Sandy Hook. What on Earth is funny about Sandy Hook?

This wasn’t the first time the Sanders campaign showed signs of sexist overtones. Jeff Weaver, Bernie’s head campaign manager, angered many when he complained that Clinton’s “ambition” could tear the Democratic Party apart.

Bernie himself (besides not being a Democrat) was trying to start a revolution. He was also running for President. These are ambitious things to do. The double standard was ludicrous, and typical of sexist relationship dynamics.

Shortly thereafter, in the awful acrimony that was the last month of the primary season, the term “Democratic whores” was used at a campaign rally. Bernie isn’t impervious to valid criticism. But he acted so sure of himself that he didn’t stop to realize how dismissive he came off. He never seems to consider the implications of his rhetoric. There’s always some excuse, like the cheap attempt at red-state pragmatism he tried explaining Mello away with.

If we don’t find a way to make this sink in, then the rape culture that produced Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump will just keep on keeping on.

Therefore we want to emphasize a specific focus for this piece. We are stressing to event speakers, in the strongest possible terms, the necessity of boycotting this event, if Bernie will not once and for all renounce anti-abortion candidates. He, of all people, ought to appreciate the need for strategic inflexibility on core issues.

This is a core issue for us. We’re not going to compromise on it, and we’re not going to associate with anyone who will. Bernie Sanders must publicly state, with unmistakeable intent, that he will endorse in the future only those candidates with an ironclad respect for the reproductive rights of women. Anyone who will not agree to do that is no friend to our cause. If Senator Sanders wishes to correct the record, we’re all ears. Until then, Bernie, leave our convention alone.