Bernie Lost the 2016 Primary Because of Black Voters not Debbie Wasserman-Schultz
The Bernie Bros-and Trump of course-claim he lost because it was ‘rigged’-rigged means in this context, Wasserman-Schultz calling Jeff Weaver an ‘ass.’
Let’s face it, calling Weaver an ass didn’t cost Bernie the election-no matter how true it is-but because of Black voters.
As for Bernie comparing Obama to Stephen Mnuchin, if Bernie wants to throw stones he ought to release his own tax returns which he’s never done. He spent the primary demanding HRC’s paid speech while refusing to release his own tax returns. He finally late in the game did a Mitt Romney and released a two page summary.
Bernie Sanders didn't release his full tax returns & Bernie lied about it. Nixon & Cheney more transparent. Why? pic.twitter.com/27BYRxZFb2
— RiotWomenn (@riotwomennn) April 28, 2017
Bernie-like Trump-seems to think you just have to take it on faith that there’s nothing to see here. But if you’re going to throw stones maybe we can at least see your own tax returns. Bernie always assures us there’s nothing to see here-his returns couldn’t be more boring. Then why not release them?
Should be very simple. Could it be because Bernie’s wife is also under FBI investigation? Wish I was kidding:
Reminder: Jane Sanders also did Bernie's taxes. You know, the ones he didn't want to release. https://t.co/4oxDwwSS8J
— Molly (@bitchyologist) April 27, 2017
Literally the only person involved in the 2016 election not under FBI investigation is Clinton.
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) April 28, 2017
In any case, with all the pious talk from Bernie that the Democratic party is failing and it needs to be introspective-in other words anoint him our savior-he himself does no introspection. If he did he’d admit he lost not because of Debbie Wasserman-Schutlz but because he failed with Black voters.
— ((( JD ))) (@BluthX) April 27, 2017
“The Far Left Is Still Out Of Touch With Black Voters.”
“In order to properly talk about the disconnect between people of color and the far left, we have to talk a bit about why Sanders lost in the primary. His message primarily targeted the white working class and focused on “economic” issues versus “racial” ones. He rejected identity politics and had virtually no political capital with minorities even after decades in Congress. As a result, he lost Black voters 75–25 and Latino voters 65–35. His backers will point to Sanders winning the youngest overall cohort of people of color, but his turnout rate with this demographic was so poor that it was ultimately irrelevant. The far left uses Clinton’s turnout rates in the general as evidence of her being a “poor” candidate. Why are Bernie’s horrible turnout rates among young people of color not used as evidence of him being a poor candidate that couldn’t connect with Black and Brown voters?
“By the middle of the primary, Sanders had said the diverse southern states “distort” the race and had abandoned any efforts to campaign there. We hear a lot about Clinton not campaigning in Wisconsin, but pretty much nothing about Sanders abandoning the south during the primary. With the diverse Democratic base in the southern states being a major reason why Sanders lost, you’d think that his movement would make a major effort to reach out to Black voters and find a way to meet them on the issues that they care about.”
“Nope. Instead, we are seeing a doubling down on a focus of the white working class and hostility to identity politics.”
Very true. He’s also doing something similar with female voters. Remember when he said mockingly It’s not enough just to say ‘I’m a woman vote for me?’
That was a little more cleaned up version than when Trump said-‘If she weren’t a woman she wouldn’t have gotten 5%’ but the implication is the same. Bernie clearly agrees with Trump here. That Hillary was just a gendered version of an affirmative action candidate.
In late 2016, nearly 9 out of 10 Black voters approved of President Obama. To many Black voters, he is the symbol of success for Black America. You might not agree with everything he has done, and I certainly haven’t agreed with everything, but you have to respect him for what he means to Black Americans — making it to the height of American politics and withstanding eight years of racist attacks. Sanders and his movement see Obama as symbolic of evil neoliberal corporate interests. Therein lies the disconnect. The far right holds disdain for Obama for some of the same reasons that the far left does: They see him as beholden to special interests instead of “those of the people.”
This is the truth. It’s easy to forget that the same Bernie Bros throwing dollar bills at Hillary and screaming ‘Lock her up’ also were on Jane Hamsher’s Firedoglake in 2011 saying that Obama is so bad that no black man will ever be POTUS again.
I for one was never surprised that there was a leftist challenge to HRC in 2016. It isn’t just anti Hilary at root though but anti Obama and anti Center Left. This is what this absurd wedge issue over Obama getting paid for a speech is about. It’s about fragmenting the vote-for Roger Stone and Donald Trump. That’s the effect of the faux outrage anyway.
Black people can see this, they aren’t stupid. They see that the political fringe on the left and most of the right hates Obama for some of the same reasons. So when the far left comes out and says that the first Black President should be held to a different standard than Presidents before him — that he doesn’t deserve to get paid for his post-Presidential work or shouldn’t be compensated — the Black community feels that one of its largest symbols of success is under attack from an overwhelmingly white political movement.”
Certainly Bernie’s slander of Obama will win him no friends among African Americans. And if he wants to throw stones he ought to show us his own tax returns-not just summaries like Mitt Romney.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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