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:
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