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.
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.
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