I loathe conspiracy theorists. Typically these are the people who take snapshots and tidbits of information, then spin that into some ridiculous (and often outlandish) story of unbelievable “truths” aimed at working up a particular group of people. And with the rise of the Internet and social media, it’s a really good time to push conspiracy theories and misinformation.
Take for instance the story I saw many pro-Sanders groups and people sharing yesterday and today accusing the Clinton campaign of trying to trick voters by impersonating National Nurses Union members.
Here’s the tweet the union sent out:
— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) February 20, 2016
Let me get this straight. The NNU is claiming that the Clinton campaign was trying to “deceive voters” by wearing red shirts with Hillary Clinton’s logo right on the top upper right side of the shirt and “I’m With Her” clearly written on the bottom?
Just to give everyone an idea of what the NNU’s Bernie shirts look like, here’s a picture:
Aside from being red, they don’t look anything alike. The NNU shirts clearly say “BERNIE” in all capital letters across the chest. That or their members wear scrubs.
So, are they saying they believe voters are so ignorant that they can’t read? Because Clinton’s logo and “I’m With Her” are easily visible on the shirt while the NNU Sanders shirts have his name in bold, all capital letters on theirs. Also, are they trying to imply that the NNU has a patent on the color red? Because if you follow this link, Clinton’s website sells campaign shirts in many colors – including red.
For the record, the NNU actually also has a super PAC – yes Sanders has a super PAC supporting him despite what he says – that’s spent quite a lot of money supporting Sanders over the last few months. While it’s not a huge super PAC, it’s still a super PAC.
If you want to support Bernie Sanders, that’s great. I’ll gladly and proudly support him if he wins the Democratic nomination. But this conspiracy nonsense is straight out of the Breitbart/Drudge playbook. Especially considering this whole “conspiracy” is predicated upon the notion that voters would be deceived by people wearing red t-shirts with Hillary Clinton’s logo right on top.
Though what’s ironic about this is that it’s Sanders’ campaign that’s actually been criticized a few times from organizations and unions for some fairly unethical practices.
In Iowa, Sanders’ campaign was chastised by the League of Conservation Voters and the AARP for sending out mailers to potential voters seemingly trying to imply that both had endorsed him. When, in fact, the League of Conservation Voters had endorsed Clinton and the AARP doesn’t endorse candidates.
Then in Nevada, staffers from his campaign were busted trying to pose as Culinary Union workers to gain access to employee-only areas. A move that was quickly condemned by the union.
This tea party-like conspiracy nonsense and childish behavior must stop. I’ve always been proud of being a progressive for many reasons, one being that progressives were never known for buying into asinine conspiracy theories. That’s always been a far right thing – but I’m seeing more and more of it here lately from the left.
It’s pretty bad if you think a red shirt with Hillary Clinton’s logo and tagline clearly written on it is part of some elaborate scheme and “unethical plot to trick voters.” Not only is that rather silly, but you’re basically calling voters stupid and illiterate.
Come on folks. Let’s keep it together. As progressives, we’re much better than this.