Let Me Address One of the Biggest Bernie Sanders Conspiracies I Encounter From His Supporters

hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-debateFollowing a recent article I wrote where I addressed H.A. Goodman’s misleading anti-Clinton propaganda, I was inundated with pro-Sanders folks calling me a “hack for Hillary” or a “shill for Hillary” – even though the article had less to do with Hillary Clinton and more to do with calling out awful journalism. It’s absurd to use polling data from months ago for claims against Clinton, as Goodman frequently does, when new polling data exists which basically debunks the claims.

The reality is, I don’t particularly care what H.A. Goodman thinks about either candidate. But I do care when someone is blatantly spreading false and/or misleading information – no matter what the subject might be.

But this is what happens every single time I write anything related to Hillary Clinton that might remotely be positive – I get hammered by Sanders supporters for being a “fake progressive,” a “shill” or any number of insults for daring to support her. Hell, I’ve been accused multiple times of being paid by her campaign. I’m still waiting on that non-existent check.

The funny thing is, I’ve actually written more positive Bernie Sanders articles over the last 6+ months than I’ve written about Hillary Clinton. That’s odd, considering many of these pro-Sanders folks are certain that I “hate” Bernie Sanders and that I’m nothing but a propagandist for Clinton.

Simple math and reality will debunk this “shill for Hillary” nonsense.

Here are the Clinton-related articles I’ve written from June 1, 2015 thru December 23, 2015:

Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Have to Apologize to Donald Trump for a Damn Thing (December 22, 2015): While this one could be considered “pro-Clinton,” it’s actually more of a slam on the absurdity of Trump demanding she apologize for factually saying that terrorists are using his anti-Muslim rhetoric to recruit terrorists. But for the sake of argument, since I defend Clinton here, I’ll consider it “pro-Clinton.”

Megyn Kelly Throws a Fit on Air After Media Claims Hillary Clinton Won Benghazi Hearing (October 24, 2015): Some might call this a “pro-Clinton” article, but it’s actually a knock on Kelly’s live freakout over the fact that most pundits – including many conservative ones – claim Clinton got the best of Republicans during her 11-hours of testimony.

The Day Republicans Spent 11 Hours Making Hillary Clinton Look Very Presidential (October 23, 2015): Clearly this is a “pro-Clinton” article. This was also a direct jab at Republicans who spent 11 hours making their whole party look like fools.

Let Me Address the Ridiculousness Surrounding the Hillary Clinton Email “Controversy” (August 22, 2015): I’m such a bad “shill.” Two months between pro-Clinton articles? Geez, no wonder I haven’t received that check from her campaign yet. While this is “pro-Clinton,” it’s also more a knock on the idiocy that’s driven the “controversy” over her using a private email server – something Colin Powell did while he was Secretary of State. If this article makes me a “shill for Hillary,” then I guess Sanders is too considering he’s also tired of hearing about her damn emails.

5 Things Hillary Clinton Must Change About Her Campaign (August 8, 2015): This was actually an article critical of Clinton during a time where her campaign was performing terribly. While it’s not overly negative, I do point out several flaws she needed to fix.

Hillary Clinton Writes Powerful Message to Gay Boy Afraid About His Future and Being Accepted (July 5, 2015): Gosh, another month passes between Clinton articles. This one I really don’t consider “pro-Clinton” as much as it’s “pro-humanity.” She wrote a fantastic message to a young boy who said he was terrified of what his future may hold being that he’s homosexual.

Hillary Clinton Just Completely Exposed the GOP’s Constant Efforts to Disenfranchise Voters (June 10, 2015): Look at that, nearly another one-month span between Clinton articles. I seem to be a really bad shill. And even still this wasn’t as much “pro-Clinton” as much as it was her slamming Republicans all over the country for trying to disenfranchise voters.

Hillary Clinton’s Skilled Move on Voting Rights Just Put Republicans in a No-Win Situation (June 5, 2015): Again, while it’s an article that speaks positively about Clinton, it’s actually more of an article where I explain how she put forth her proposal to increase voter turnout knowing that Republicans would likely bash her for it, exposing them for being a party that’s actively trying to get people not to vote.

And that’s it.

In more than six months I’ve written eight articles related to Hillary Clinton – eight – and one of them was critical of her campaign this past summer. But to many Sanders supporters, I’m nothing but a “shill” for Clinton apparently since I’ve written eight articles about her over a 6+ month timespan.

Now let’s see how many articles I’ve written critical of Bernie Sanders. Since, you know, I’m a “Sanders hater” and all:

The Overlooked Quality That Bernie Sanders Has Brought to the 2016 Presidential Election (December 20, 2015): For a Sanders hater, that’s certainly odd for me to write an article praising him for being a good man and helping make the 2016 Democratic presidential race one headlined by adults rather than circus clowns like we’ve seen on the Republican side of things.

Rand Paul Challenges Bernie Sanders to a Debate After Comparing His Policies to Jim Crow Laws (November 13, 2015): There I go again, defending Sanders against Rand Paul’s ridiculous assertion that his policies are comparable to one of the worst times in our nation’s history. I also go on to profess my belief that Sanders would “tear Paul apart” on virtually every issue in a debate.

With Hillary Clinton’s Lead Growing, Now Bernie Sanders Cares About Her Damn Emails (November 5, 2015): This was clearly a knock on Sanders for saying that Clinton’s emails did matter after saying at the first debate that they didn’t. Thankfully, this whole thing was put to rest during the second debate.

Explaining Bernie Sanders and “Democratic Socialism” in a Nutshell (October 23, 2015): Before Bernie Sanders gave his speech devoted to explaining what “democratic socialism” meant, I wrote an article blasting the ignorance many seem to have about the differences between “socialism” and “democratic socialism.” Not only that, but I go on to say in this article that I don’t even consider Sanders’ policies to be “democratic socialism” as much as a return to the capitalism of the 1950’s.

Larry David Steals the Show as Bernie Sanders on SNL (October 18, 2015): Wow, it’s been two months since this hilarious sketch? Yes, following Larry David’s almost flawless impersonation of Bernie Sanders, I wrote how this sort of public exposure was great for Sanders because it helped him appeal to a wider audience. But there I go, “hating” on Bernie Sanders again.

Bernie Sanders Claims His Supporters Aren’t ‘Anti-Clinton’ – Many Proceed to Prove Him Wrong (August 31, 2015): This could be construed as a jab against Sanders, but it was really focused more on his supporters. He had recently made comments where he said he didn’t think his supporters were anti-Clinton, and many on the Internet proceeded to literally say he was wrong, and that they were, in fact, anti-Clinton.

Bernie Sanders Blasts Reporter for Asking Him Ridiculous Question About Hillary Clinton (August 18, 2015): In this article, not only do I say that I’m a fan of both Clinton and Sanders, but I applaud Sanders for ripping into a reporter for asking him about Clinton’s hairstyle.

Bernie Sanders is Great, But Some of His Most Vocal Supporters Are Becoming a Problem (August 12, 2015): Irony: Writing an article debunking the pro-Sanders crowd’s assertion that I’m a “Clinton shill” and “Sanders hater” that includes an article where I call Sanders “great” and had to previously address the irrational nature of many Sanders supporters.

Why are Elements of “Black Lives Matter” Targeting Bernie Sanders? The Answer is Actually Really Simple (August 10, 2015): This was me defending Sanders after two of his speeches had been interrupted by BLM protestors.

No, Bernie Sanders Did Not Refuse to Say if He Thinks Hillary Clinton is Honest and Trustworthy (August 3, 2015): For months (but especially last summer), the media has been trying to get Sanders to bash Clinton. To his credit, he had mostly avoided doing so. During an interview he was asked if he thought Clinton was “honest and trustworthy” and he responded by saying he wasn’t going to be suckered into discussing personal issues and he wanted to remained issue-focused. I praised him for that and called out the websites trying to turn this non-story into something it wasn’t.

5 Pros and Cons to Bernie Sanders the Presidential Candidate (July 17, 2015): I guess you could call this a “neutral” article considering I outline an equal number of pros and cons to what he brings as a presidential candidate.

That’s all of the Bernie Sanders-related articles I’ve written between June 1 and December 23, 2015 – all eleven of them. Three of them could be considered “negative,” but of those, two were more about his supporters and not Sanders personally. One was obviously negative against Sanders himself, but the issue was put to rest shortly after that article came out.

But, wait – I thought I was a “shill” for Clinton? How can I be that when I’ve written more articles about Sanders over the last 6+ months – the majority of them being positive? In fact, looking at both lists, I’ve written an equal number of “negative” articles about both candidates: One.

To put my numbers into perspective, I decided to count up the amount of Sanders and Clinton articles my very pro-Sanders colleague Manny Schewitz has written during the same timespan. Between June 1 and December 23, 2015 Manny has written 28 pro-Sanders articles and zero calling him out on anything. How many pro-Clinton articles? One. He debunked the misguided and inaccurate assertion that Clinton works for Monsanto. If you want to call that “pro-Clinton” you can, but I honestly consider it  more of a neutral fact-check.

To be fair, he hasn’t written any negative Clinton articles, even if he does often talk about voting for her like someone who’s being force-fed broccoli seconds after being waterboarded.

Meanwhile, being that I’m a “Clinton shill” and supposed “Sanders hater,” I often profess that, if Sanders wins the nomination, I’ll proudly vote for and support him for president.

Will these facts change the minds of these Sanders folks who think I’m nothing but a “shill” for Clinton? Probably not, but I did feel the need to address the flat-out inaccurate assertion that I’m nothing but a cheerleader for Hillary Clinton and a “hater” of Bernie Sanders.

So, these folks can believe what they want – which is what I’ve noticed they tend to do – but that doesn’t change reality. The reality is, over the last 6+ months I’ve written:

  • Eight articles about Clinton, only one being mostly negative about the candidate herself.
  • Eleven articles about Sanders, only one being mostly negative about the candidate himself.

In other words, I’ve been fairly equally positive and fair in my coverage concerning both candidates, though I really can’t say the same for many pro-Sanders writers. It just seems that a certain set of supporters only sees what they want to see and believes what they want to believe.

I can guarantee that many of the Sanders folks who come across this article either won’t address it, won’t admit that they were wrong, they’ll insist that I’m lying or they’ll still believe I’m nothing but a “Clinton shill” even if the facts don’t support their belief. I’d really love to be proven wrong, but I’m not counting on it.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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