Ultra Pro-Bernie Backer Robert Reich Feels the Wrath of Sanders Supporters for Preaching Unity

Hardly a day goes by where I don’t get called a “fake progressive,” “shill for Hillary” or accused of being on the Clinton payroll by Bernie Sanders supporters for daring to prefer Hillary Clinton over their candidate. Even though as I’ve said on numerous occasions, I like both candidates – I simply prefer Clinton. Not only that, but I’ve also repeatedly said that my top goal in 2016 was to make damn sure Republicans don’t win the White House, and I’ve pushed “vote blue, no matter who” for well over a year now. With literally millions of lives at stake this election, this country cannot allow the GOP to win the White House.



That being said, I have spent the better part of the last year dealing with rabid Sanders supporters. While I know the vast majority of those who support the Vermont senator are reasonable and rational people (thank you all, by the way), there’s a small, yet influential, grouping of Sanders people who I actually feel have hurt Bernie this past year.

I’ve dealt with Republicans for years, but I think many of these more radical Sanders supporters are worse than most any Republican I’ve dealt with.

A perfect example of what I mean came a few weeks ago, following the Massachusetts primary, when legions of these radical Sanders backers actually bashed and attacked Sen. Elizabeth Warren because she has chosen to stay neutral and not endorse either candidate during the primary.

I think it’s a good sign that things have gone a little off the rails when a sizable chunk of someone’s supporters are so irrational that they’ll attack probably the most progressive member of the Senate – simply because she didn’t give in to their demands to endorse Bernie Sanders.

Even staunch pro-Sanders advocate Bill Maher has said these “Bernie or bust” types are going to be “the death of liberals.”

Well, you can now add Robert Reich, an ultra pro-Sanders supporter, to the list of people who’ve felt the wrath of this group of people after he dared to call for party unity in a recent Facebook post:

Many of you who support Bernie ask me what you should do at this point. My suggestion:

1. Continue to work like hell for Bernie, especially given upcoming primaries in California and New Jersey on June 7. Putting aside superdelegates, the difference between him and Hillary Clinton isn’t huge. So far, Bernie has won nearly 10 million votes and has 1,499 pledged delegates. Hillary Clinton has won 13 million votes and has 1,771 pledged delegates. California could make a huge difference.

2. Don’t demonize or denigrate Hillary Clinton. If she wins the Democratic nomination, I urge you to work like hell for her. She’ll be the only person standing between Donald Trump and the presidency of the United States. Besides, as I’ve said before, she’ll be an excellent president for the system we now have, even though Bernie would be the best president for the system we need.

Let’s point out the obvious here that, despite Reich being smart enough to know that this race is basically over, he’s still being extremely positive about Sanders’ chances and encouraging his supporters to keep fighting all the way until June 7th.

This is something I’ve said they should do as well.

However, #2 is where he called for Sanders supporters to stop trying to demonize Hillary and to recognize that, on her worst day, she’s one million times better than Donald Trump.



Here are some of the public responses to his post:

Yes to the third party, but no to fighting for Hillary. She’s never fought for me, so she has no right to expect me to fight for her. If Bernie doesn’t get the nomination, I’ll be writing him in anyway come November. (as of writing, this particular comment has 9,700 “Likes)

I think if Clinton supporters force her nomination they deserve a Trump Presidency! (as of writing, this particular comment has 5,100 “Likes)

No. Hillary is a monster, and the souls of the millions dead in Iraq, Libya, and Honduras because of us require us to say so loudly.

F*ck off I will never give my support to Hillary, she’s everything I hate about the Democratic Party and I’m ashamed at the party elites who have completely shunned and ignored Bernie’s campaign and his message.

Robert that is not acceptable. I would rather have Donald Trump in the White House so he can mess everything up, and maybe we can get some real much needed change come 2020. Electing Hillary is like putting a dirty band-aid on open wounds.

When you apologize for serving Bill Clinton and his Wall St pay masters then I’ll consider you a true progressive. Real progressives fight Clintonism with the same fervor as they oppose Republicans.

I don’t believe she has all the voters she claims. She can’t even fill a gym. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were mostly electronically manufactured. Perhaps 10%-20% real people.

This isn’t a republican or democratic choice for many us Robert, more people than ever have no problem voting 3rd party or writing in Bernie for THIS election if Hillary or trump are our only choices. You’re not scaring people with the idea of a Trump presidency because many voters think Hillary is just as bad.

And those are just some of the main comments (there were more), and doesn’t include all the replies to them from people who agreed wholeheartedly with them.

I keep alluding back to 2000, remembering how this was the same sort of attitude I saw from many about Al Gore – and we all know how that turned out.

But here we are, 16 years later, with a sizable chunk of liberals seemingly going out of their way to make history repeat itself.

If there’s one issue that matters more than any other this election, it’s the Supreme Court and how the next president may very well determine the power of the court for the next 20-30 years. A court that, if stacked with seven ultra-conservative justices, could overturn legalized same-sex marriage, strip away voting rights, make abortion illegal and set progressive policies back decades – yet there are some people who seem okay with letting Republicans do this.

It’s nauseating.

My theory is this, if liberals screw up 2016 like a decent amount of them seem to be going out of their way to do, they deserve Donald Trump as president. That way history will look back on them with shame and disgust just like we do those who supported Ralph Nader in 2000, which helped give Bush the White House.

As for me, I’m going to keep busting my ass until election day to make damn sure Republicans don’t win the White House. Because I’m an adult and I understand that there’s just too damn much on the line this election to play childish, petty games when the rights for millions of Americans are on the line.

Because, for decades, millions of Americans have fought too damn hard for health care reform, legalized same-sex marriage, gay rights, women’s rights, abortion rights, to protect the environment, for common sense immigration policies and a whole host of other progressive ideas to see all that work undone and pissed away because of selfish ego and pride.




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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  • Ronald Bruce Robinson

    OPEN LETTER TO SHAUN KING of the Daily News, who makes Professor Reich’s point in spades in his article “Here’s why I’m leaving the Democratic Party after this presidential election and you should too.”

    As my old Professor, NOAM CHOMSKY, said recently, the GOP “IS LITERALLY A SERIOUS DANGER TO HUMAN SURVIVAL.” On “Democracy Now” last week he said, “TODAY’S REPUBLICAN PARTY IS A CANDIDATE FOR ‘MOST DANGEROUS ORGANIZATION IN HUMAN HISTORY.'” He also said that even though he prefers Bernie, the only rational thing to do is to vote for Clinton if she’s the nominee vs. Trump in the general. Chomsky has it right. I’m disappointed, Shaun, that you have failed to critique the Republicans in a way necessary for your readership to understand THAT THEY REPRESENT AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO BLACK PEOPLE AND HUMANITY. You are giving a blank check to the LEFTWINGWHITE EXTREMISTS who have in large part hijacked the Bernie movement that I was initially a part of.

    YES, you have plenty of leftwingwhites and young people as your readers. And YES, you will not suffer like the rest of us under a Trump Presidency and Republican takeover of all three branches of Government. You’ll have plenty to write about. But, Black and Brown people make up probably a plurality of Democrats. Yet, a substantial swath of “Bernie or Busters” are equating us with Republicans and portraying Clinton as worse than Republicans and Trump. This is the kind of false narrative that will help give Republicans control over the country for at least a generation and bring to fruition the worst of Chomsky’s predictions.

    YES. Your readership and fame will increase and you will now become an icon forever among leftwing whites and their allies. But no matter how many articles and posts you write about Black people getting the shaft from police etc., THAT WILL NOT UNDO THE DAMAGE YOU WILL CONTRIBUTE TO IF YOU LEAD YOUR FOLLOWERS TO NOT VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE, WHETHER CLINTON, BERNIE or WHOEVER. Giving Republicans a 7-2 majority on the Supreme Court (after Stevens and Ginsberg retire), allowing them to fill WITH THEIR EXTREMISTS the soon to be 100 FEDERAL COURT vacancies they blocked Obama from filling, and adding on to the two thirds of the States and 70% of State Legislative bodies they already control will allow their Courts to uphold ANY LAW the pass at ANY LEVEL OF GOVERNMENT FOR AT LEAST A GENERATION. That includes even more draconian voter suppression and anti-Civil Rights laws, making it even more difficult to elect Progressive candidates and enact a Progressive agenda.

    NO. The above scenario of Republican full spectrum domination will not fulfill the predictions of leftwingwhite Bernie or Busters that such a scenario will force Americans to move to the left and vote for a socialist in 2020. It will fulfill their desire to spite the Clintons and punish us Democrats for not MAKING Bernie our nominee. But despite that psychological schadenfreude for them, it will be a disaster AND those of us without white privilege and/or a platform like you will be the biggest victims.

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    • Annie Coffman

      Very well said.

    • Arden Jones

      I disagree with you. I believe that the leftwing racists will suffer very deeply under Trump. Many of them are the ones who fill minimum wage jobs to pay for their massive college debts. Trump will be devastating for them economically – they just aren’t smart enough to realize it.

      • Annie Coffman

        The great majority of American workers will suffer but the right wing racists will feel superior while they suffer. They’re too ignorant and willful to see they’re rallying for a sociopathic fascist named Trump.

  • Sanders is a fool and he needs to end his campaign, apologize for all the misogynistic things he said about Hillary, and endorse the only true progressive running for president: HILLARY CLINTON!!

  • Alex Brant

    I am Sorry, but I cannot, in good conscience, vote for a criminal like Hillary, I would love Party Unity…but I will not unite under someone that deserves to be in prison.

    • Deborah Hulbert

      What crime has she been convicted of, Alex Grant? Do us all a favor and stop repeating old, worn-out Repugnican talking points.

      • Alex Brant

        You can’t even spell my name right, Deborah, what crime has she been convicted of? None, because she throws her underlings under the bus like any of the women she harassed after her husband raped them, or she commits crimes she knows she can get away with because no one that matters is paying attention, like her BLATANT campaign finance law breaking all throughout this election cycle.

        Ms. Hulbert, if you continue down this path blindly, and she is convicted in October, then you guarantee a Trump presidency. Bernie is the better candidate to beat Trump.

      • Deborah Hulbert

        Forgive me, Ms BRANT:

        Wow, are we thin-skinned, angry and self-righteous…typical Bernie-Bot.

      • Alex Brant

        not angry, amused, because you can’t even get my gender right either (gotta get something wrong)

        If a war criminal commits actionable war crimes, but is not actually convicted of those war crimes, are they a criminal? Should Dick Cheney and Bush jr. get away with War Crimes?

      • Deborah Hulbert

        My last reply to your unhinged e-mails, MR Brant…NO Dick Cheney and Bush Jr belong in jail for the rest of their lives. Do you propose to brand every member of Congress who voted for the authorization to invade Iraq a war criminal? If so, you’re a silly ass and a another Bernie Bro whose wreaking havoc with his campaign. I was afraid that responding to you would result in an endless litany of nonsense…and I was 100% correct!

      • Alex Brant

        …not sending e-mails…(stop trying to be CNN, you don’t have to get something wrong every time you post :p)

        The reason I brought up Dick Cheney and Bush Jr. is because they committed crimes, but weren’t prosecuted. Hillary is guilty of Campaign Finance Violations out the wazoo at the very least…if she gets out of her indictment scott free, it is because she let her underlings take the fall for her…and I don’t want someone like that running our country. Are you willing to demonize and vilify Dick Cheney and Bush Jr. for their unprosecuted Crimes, but you adore Clinton and DWS who have their own litany of unprosecuted crimes