Samantha Bee Has a Few Choice Words for Bernie Sanders & Some of His Supporters (Video)

As a member of the “liberal/progressive” media, I learned very quickly that you’re taking a risk any time you say anything remotely critical of Bernie Sanders. If you do, then you need to prepare yourself for the flood of angry comments, “unlikes” and people accusing you of being everything from a “paid shill for Hillary” to a “sellout to the establishment.”

Even calling for party unity nowadays can bring about the “wrath” of some Sanders people. But you don’t have to believe me, just ask pro-Sanders supporter Robert Reich.

While I think most people are fine with him staying in the race until June 7th, I think some have found it a bit disingenuous of the Sanders campaign to continue to try to sell this idea that they have a logical path to the nomination. It’s one thing to continue your campaign to keep spreading your message – it’s another to basically be lying to people who are so enamored with you that they refuse to doubt anything you say.

The bottom line is this, there’s no “path” for Sanders to win the nomination. When all is said and done, at the end of the day on June 7th, he’s most likely going to be down nearly 300 delegates and over 3 million overall votes.

Well, on Monday, Samantha Bee flat-out went after Sanders and his supporters over the recent chaos that went down in Nevada.

“I’m sorry guys,” Bee said. “A game’s not rigged against you just because you refuse to play it. Fifty of those fifty-eight [referencing the delegates Sanders supporters claimed were unethically barred from participating in the convention] didn’t even show up at the convention.”

While praising the passion of Bernie supporters, as well as agreeing that the primary process needs to be fixed, Bee took a couple of jabs at Sanders and his campaign manager Jeff Weaver for pushing the idea that there were unethical and corrupt antics going on in Nevada – even though there weren’t.

She then took offense at the statement Sanders released following the incident where he condemned any violence – while still suggesting that his supporters had a legitimate reason to be upset.

“Okay, no. ‘I’m sorry I hurt you but you shouldn’t have made me so mad’ is not an acceptable answer here,” Bee quipped.

Bee then sarcastically pointed out that there was once a “little-known, upstart senator trying to build an upstart campaign,” who went up against the “ruthless party hack, supported by superdelegates and a monstrous political machine” without “burning the party down” – and won. Of course, she was talking about Barack Obama defeating Hillary Clinton in 2008.

I walked away from this sensing a bit of frustration from Samantha Bee. Like most people on the left, I think she likes Bernie Sanders, but she also seemed tired of tiptoeing around indisputable facts simply to avoid saying things that some Bernie supporters don’t want to hear.

It’s the cliché saying: Reality is real whether or not you want to believe in it.

I know quite a few pro-Clinton and even some pro-Sanders pundits and bloggers who avoid writing or saying certain things because of the backlash they’ll face from this small, yet very vocal, group of Sanders supporters. I’m sure if you read the comments section of this article there’s going to be plenty of people claiming conspiracies, rigged systems, accusing Bee of being a “shill for Hilary” and all sorts of other things. I’m certain there will be at least a few people who’ll never watch her show again simply because she dared to criticize Sanders.

But the near-riot that went on in Nevada shows how irrational some within the Bernie camp have become. All that was on the line that day was 12 delegates – that’s it. Even if Bernie Sanders was given all 12, it wouldn’t have made a shred of difference in this race.

We all want to make sure the process is being handled ethically within the rules, and the candidate who deserved to receive the delegates actually did. But to behave in the way that these folks did over 12 delegates, in my opinion, shows that a good amount of them went there specifically to cause a scene.

While I’m sure the segment is going to anger quite a few Sanders supporters, I think Bee did a good job mixing in just how stupid Nevada’s process for handing out delegates is, while also addressing the reality that this behavior was childish and that Bernie Sanders’ response to it really wasn’t all that great.

Either way, it’s in the past. I hope the party going forward can focus more on building bridges rather than tearing them down. Whether some Clinton and Sanders supporters want to admit it or not, we’re all on the same side.

Watch the segment below via TBS:

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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  • It’s too bad Samantha Bee only drank the kool-aid and didn’t bother to research the facts about what went down in Vegas. Had she done her due diligence, she would know there was no violence on the part of the Sanders supporters and that the rig was planned long before the chair ever walked into the room that morning.
    No violence. Even though it would almost appear that Roberta Lange and Barbara Boxer did their best to try to incite a riot. Shame!

    • Luna Maya

      Perhaps, you are the one who should research the facts.

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  • BobJThompson

    I realize it’s harder to get laughs without violence, but there is no evidence of anything happening at the convention. No arrests. Nothing on video despite everyone recording.

    If you don’t want “near riots”, then don’t change rules mid stream, confirming on them on at least a tied voice vote if not a resounding nay. Don’t close the convention and claim it was for fear after Barbara Boxer spent a good portion of her speech mocking half of the crowd, who were still mad about breaking democratic process.

    Yes the anger festival was a bad look on democrats. Yes it was only for 12 delegates that and that wouldn’t make a difference in the race. However (there’s always a however) don’t break with procedure to provide an edge to any candidate. Besides it was only 12 delegates, Hillary didn’t really need em either. So why be shady and condescending to half of your base to get them? Don’t poison the well, maroons.

  • Living_without_a_purpose

    Bah. She was never funny even when she was on the Daily Show. I honestly could care less about her opinions any more than I cared about Sarah Silverman getting all butthurt on the convention stage. And it’s this type of condescending and dismissive attitude which makes party unity impossible to achieve

    They and the DNC would do well to remember Brexit. Unless they want a Donald Trump presidency and a Demexit.

  • Joy Lavely

    Dear Bernie supporters, vote for Hillary, and vote for your democratic senator. If the democrats can take the senate back, Bernie can become Senate majority leader. Then if Hillary drags her feet on anything on the platform, Bernie will have the power and the position to keep after her. He won’t be the president, but he will be way up there. We can have both of them.

  • Joy Lavely

    Oh, and if you are a democrat, if Hillary doesn’t win, everyone’s life will be miserable for the rest of our lives. One seat is up for the Supreme Court, and two more are expected during the next 4years if a republican gets in office, they will load the court with conservatives. If they choose ultra conservatives about 35, and they serve 30 years, to about 65, that will be longer than the rest of my life. By-by Obama care, by-by abortions, pretty much by-by to everything that helps the middle class, and all environmental protections will be done away with, so our air, water, and land will be poisoned. Fracking will probably legal in all 50 states. A president is 4 years, the Supreme Court could be rigged for possibly the next 40 years. All they have to do is to keep appealing things to the Supreme Court, and the court will give it to them. I am changing countries after all of that takes place, it might take me 5-10 years before I can leave, but I will not be miserable for the rest of my life.