Dear Sanders Supporters: A ‘Fake Progressive Clinton Shill’ Has a Message for You All

As most people know, like tens of millions of others, I’ve been a supporter of Hillary Clinton. Though as I’ve maintained from the very beginning, I would always support the Democratic nominee no matter who that person ultimately turned out to be. I never disliked Sanders, I simply preferred Clinton. We should be able to have disagreements over stuff like this without it devolving into childish arguments and name calling.

Unfortunately, that’s not how the last year has gone.

For over a year now, as a Clinton supporter, I have been called/accused of:

  • A shill for Hillary.
  • $hillary’s stooge.
  • A Republican.
  • A neocon.
  • Someone who supports a murderer.
  • A liar.
  • A Bernie hater.
  • A sellout to the establishment.
  • Being paid by Clinton.
  • Lying about Bernie when I literally used his word-for-word quotes.
  • Trying to slander Sanders by using basic math.
  • A puppet for Wall Street.
  • The enemy.
  • No better than Donald Trump.
  • Republican light.
  • More conservative than Dick Cheney.
  • A domestic terrorist.
  • A fake progressive.

To say nothing about how many times I’ve had Sanders supporters tell me they hope I die or the litany of four-letter words I’ve been called. Not to say that there aren’t Clinton supporters who’ve acted just as foolish (I’ve been blocked by quite a few Clinton people for calling out their nonsense), but there’s definitely been more hostility on the Sanders side of things. After all, when your supporters attack Sen. Elizabeth Warrenit’s safe to say things have gone a little off the rails.

But for over a year, I’ve been called these names and accused of these things every single day simply because I preferred one candidate over another. You know, that whole “democracy” thing where people are allowed to have their own opinions, vote for the candidate of their choosing and then the candidate who gets the most votes wins — that thing.

In an ironic twist, the side which seemed to complain about democracy and voting seemed to be the side most angry that it wasn’t working out in their favor. Even when you showed these folks indisputable stats disproving some of their conspiracy theories, it did not deter them from simply believing whatever it was they wanted to believe.

And while most things don’t bother me (being insulted by random people online is a “perk” of my job), I have taken a bit of offense to people who’ve questioned my progressivism simply because I support Hillary Clinton.

Not only is that ridiculous based on actual facts, but that’s the same mindset you see from tea party Republicans who seem to believe that they set the standard of “conservatism” and anyone who doesn’t line up behind what they think defines being conservative is just a fraud or a “RINO” (Republican In Name Only). As a progressive, I’ve always prided our side on understanding that it’s our diversity of thought, our openness to facts and ideas from others – that’s what makes us progressives.

Yet that’s not what I saw from most of these hostile Sanders people. I still find it ironic that people would accuse me of being a fake progressive, while they acted like, what I call, “tea party liberals.”

So, now that the primary is over, I thought I’d address those out there who don’t seem to think I’m a real progressive because I support Hillary Clinton:

Dear Sanders Supporters:

I find it funny that you all seem to determine being a “progressive” seemingly solely on whether or not someone supports Bernie Sanders. I guess you ignore the articles I’ve written defending gay rights; women’s rights; abortion; same-sex marriage; racial justice; combating climate change; keeping religion out of government; protecting health care reform; fighting for immigration reform; protecting voting rights; and pushing to raise the minimum wage. Though those are just a few of the litany of progressive causes I fight for every single day.

However, I guess I’m not a “progressive” since, you know, I support Hillary Clinton.

How small, petty and narrow-minded you all must be to feel as if you have the right to personally define “being progressive” based upon the preference of a presidential candidate. All because you all are unable to cope with the reality that there are millions of progressives who simply disagree with you when it comes to who we want to be our next president.

I’m sorry, but I don’t see what’s “progressive” about being closed-minded, judgmental and acting very much like tea party conservatives who base “conservatism” on their own narrow view of the ideology, while calling everyone else a “fraud.”

Might I suggest before you call someone else a “fake progressive,” you might want to recheck your own “progressive” credentials.

As for me? Well, I’ve written over 3,000 articles, totaling well over 1 million words. To say nothing about the countless hours I’ve spent, as well as the many sacrifices I’ve made in my life, fighting for progressive causes. Being one of the key figures on Forward Progressives and heavily involved in our social network outreach, I’ve probably had around ten total days off in the last 3+ years.

That’s a portion of my progressive resume.

So, tell me, just what in the hell have you done?

Allen Clifton

Now, please excuse me, I need to go cash my Clinton checks and spend my $hillary dollars. But don’t worry, I’ll still be here tomorrow fighting for progressive causes, adding to my 3,000+ articles, over 1 million words and countless hours spent defending gay rights; women’s rights; abortion rights; voting rights; same-sex marriage; immigration reform; transgender rights; true religious freedom; a separation of church and state; racial equality and justice; raising the minimum wage; protecting health care reform; combating climate change denialists; and keeping Republicans from destroying this country.

I hope to see you all there.

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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