Oh, Yes I CAN Blame Bernie For The Toxicity Of His Movement and Withhold My Vote

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Oh hai. Lately there have been a slew of think pieces about Bernie Sanders being the front-runner, discussing how his movement has threatened to withhold their votes from Democrats if Bernie isn’t the nominee. Hidden between the lines is the idea that Democrats, in general, owe their votes to Sanders if he is the nominee, regardless of the fact that his voters do NOT owe Dems their votes if he is not. So, rather than call them out for using the same tactics that lost the 2016 election, there is a faction in the media that is growing more and more permissive to the idea that Bernie and his Revolution are somehow the victims in all this, and that mainstream Dems have done them wrong time and time again when picking a candidate that appeals to the Dems masses.

Let me let you in on a little secret.

I don’t owe Bernie Sanders or his fucked off revolution of stanerific emo-marxist cyber-terrorists a goddamn bit of shit the fuck all. When these utter fucking geniuses in the media reflect on how energized and dedicated his enthusiastic fans are when engaging in their harassment of the average Dem, they seem to think the people who have been abused don’t fucking matter. These Dems are people who have never done anything whatsoever to deserve the constant bullying, cyber-stalking, targeting, threats, or in my case, being falsely reported to the FBI by fans of Bernie who seek to silence dissent. What these media personalities don’t understand is that the abuse by Bernie fans, in his name, actually causes the gap between MAGA and Berners to shrink to the point where it is non-existent. There is no real difference between the abuse from either side, and since Sanders isn’t the warm and fuzzy type that reaches out to the people who have been abused, often there appears to be no real difference between Sanders and Trump.

Slate:

Still, the Bernie-or-Busters, small as they may be, have spun their position into an argument for why others should vote for Bernie Sanders too, regardless of the platform they prefer. As efforts in political persuasion go, this contingent puts forward an openly hostile argument. Sanders is the only electable candidate, they suggest, not just because of his policies, but because of the single-mindedness of his followers. The reason you should vote for Sanders is that we won’t vote for anyone else. You don’t want Trump to win again, do you?

No. But I also don’t want Bernie Sanders to win. In a case of one not liking either candidate, people look to see which movement they feel most comfortable with, Bernie’s or Trump’s. If it turns out that both movements engage in racist behavior, sexism, and homophobia, it really doesn’t matter what they profess to be in favor of as far as policy is concerned, what matters is how they treat their fellow citizens by and large. We all know that unless we take back the Senate with a large majority that can defeat Republican attempts to stop legislation from hitting Sanders’ desk, nothing will pass anyway. So, if you’re not in favor of Bernie’s policies in the first place, and do not like him or his movement, why would you be enthusiastic about showing up for the guy who leads the movement that engages in attacks on you?

Yes, it sounds like ugly hostage taking—not a brilliant persuasive strategy but a crude ego-boosting exercise for a group of leftists who can’t resist the impulse to lord some power over an electorate that doesn’t normally consider them relevant. But that’s exactly what makes it so normal, even understandable, in a depressing “we’re all human” sort of way. [NO.] Because the truth is this: Every threat these Sanders stans are explicitly making is one the venerated Centrist Swing Voter makes implicitly—and isn’t judged for. The centrist never even has to articulate his threat.

Excuse me, it IS ugly hostage taking, it is NOT normal, and no, it doesn’t make me see them as more human.

Another thing is this: not everyone opposed to Bernie Sanders is a Centrist, Moderate, or a Swing voter. Many of us are as far left or to the left of Sanders, I for one am definately to his left, and had supported him in 2015. That was until his racist abusive Bern Mafia targeted me for expressing concern about his lack of outreach to black voters. I noticed his lack of history in hiring black people (D.C. is Chocolate City, we could not find one black staffer in 2015; I am open to correction on this point; if he had black staffers prior to 2015, please send me receipts because I have been looking for them.), lamented and mocked his poor showing at Netroots, fumed over his constant MLK appropriation, jeered at his white ass crowds, and felt humiliated by his inability to discuss black people in ways that were not centered on Poverty or Prisons. It is HIS FAULT that his voters have no clue how to engage Black people without resorting to stereotypes and outright bigotry, because he does the same thing.

Buzzfeed:

Sanders, seated across the table, a yellow legal pad at hand, responded with a question of his own, according to two people present: “Aren’t most of the people who sell the drugs African American?” The candidate, whose aides froze in the moment, was quickly rebuffed: The answer, the activists told him, was no. Even confronted with figures and data to the contrary, Sanders appeared to have still struggled to grasp that he had made an error, the two people present said.

No. He did not apologize for spreading this stereotype, and yes, it shows how he views black people in general.

Slate:

One of many disorienting factors in this election cycle is the fact that the left is more popular and more viable than it has been in a long, long time. They have not one but two exciting candidates, and both are offering policies closer to what leftists actually want than most presidential contenders in U.S. history have. 

I wanted the party to move to the Left towards the direction of where I stood too. I can’t really name my ideology because it’s so far left I am almost hitting the wall. Additionally, I am more Libertarian than Sanders, who trends more authoritarian. Yet, I instinctively know that playing a game of “my way or the highway” won’t lead to a place where poverty programs are expanded up and out, ensuring all necessities of life are provided. It will lead to gridlock and we will make zero progress.

Because folks at the center tend to be wooed by multiple candidates, they’re used to having options, and they’re used to the experience of their vote determining who ends up with the nomination. This means that they usually like the candidate they vote for, in the primary and in the general. Not so for leftists, who get to merely tolerate the candidates they end up having to vote for in order to mitigate the damage from a worse result. 

Here’s the rub… I’m Black. None of this shit applies to me, because as a Black person, I rarely even LIKE or TRUST any of the candidates I have been voting for over the years. I also usually, especially in State and Locally, don’t have any say so in determining the nominee of any race. I am always stuck voting for whoever White People choose as the candidate, and as such, am merely tolerating whoever is chosen to prevent a worse outcome, which usually means preventing a racist shitmonger from winning a race.

Speaking of race… Progressives refuse to address race as a factor in anything; they like to ignore race in everything they do and allow Prison Policy to stand in for Racial Policy, so it’s impossible to get them to see my reality. They get this shit from Bernie.

From Buzzfeed:

“The real issue is not whether you’re black or white, whether you’re a woman or a man,” he said in a 1988 interview. “The real issue is whose side are you on? Are you on the side of workers and poor people or are you on the side of big money and the corporations?”

Not much has changed with Bernie, as you know, Bernie never changes, because he was born as a 72 year old yelly man, just like Benjamin Button, but louder and not as cute.

“It’s not good enough for someone to say, ‘I’m a woman! Vote for me!’” No, that’s not good enough. What we need is a woman who has the guts to stand up to Wall Street, to the insurance companies, to the drug companies, to the fossil fuel industry,” the Vermont independent senator and former Democratic presidential candidate said in a not-so-subtle rebuke to Hillary Clinton”

Bernie’s attacks on Identity Politics filtered down to his base, causing them to feel confident in their attacks on Blacks, LGBTQ, and Women who brought up issues of race, sexuality, and gender over the past few years. They love to say shit to black people online that they would never say to an actual Black person IN PERSON, because they are scared as fuck of Black people. Kinda like Bernie. The refrain of “that’s identity politics, not real policy’ rang out constantly on social media the past few years to the point where pointing out racism, homophobia, and sexism was met with swarms of white men attacking Black people, All Women Who Dared To Be THAT Bitch, LGBTQ, and really, anyone worried about social justice issues that focused on identity. The attacks were and ARE bigoted in the extreme.

This is racist as fuck and is one of the ways the Bernie Titty-Babies managed to marginalize Kamala Harris and drive a wedge between her and Black Voters. Somehow they thought keeping it going would make us like dusty ass Bernie more, but they’re stupid, because we don’t even like that geriatric Bernadook now.

This is homophobic.

Bernie’s supporters are engaging in a hate campaign against Mayor Pete and are trying to convince the world that they are not being homophobic, they are just saying Pete is suppressing his dangerous serial killer nature by being so straight laced. This is fucked up because they are attacking a gay man for being “straight appearing” in spite of the fact that his seeming straightness is how he interacts with a world that hates gay people, and has at times (and Still Does) MURDERED men and women who are gay for not assimilating or conforming to hetero-normative stereotypes. Bernie ignores this behavior from his fans like he ignores all of their nasty hate campaigns. I blame him.

This is misogynistic. No explanation needed.

Racist and fat shaming. Black hair is not your fucking business, bitch. Back the fuck up.

This is just blatantly false and caused people to harass Kamala Harris supporters until they stopped using the Yellow Circles she asked supporters to wear, it stems from the misogynoir his fans engaged in towards Kamala. Bernie has never said shit, so I blame him.

Bigotry. Also erasure of Biden’s Black support in a effort to make it seem as if Bernie is the candidate of diversity. Bernie is at fault, he also erases minorities.

Sexist. Also, damn near all of his fans seem to hate Obama on the same level and with as much heat as MAGA. Why the fuck would we want to join in unity with this man when his fans HATE the first black President. Oh, you think Bernie has nothing to do with setting the tone?

“The business model, if you like, of the Democratic Party for the last 15 years or so has been a failure,” Sanders started, responding to a question about the young voters who supported his campaign. “People sometimes don’t see that because there was a charismatic individual named Barack Obama, who won the presidency in 2008 and 2012.

“He was obviously an extraordinary candidate, brilliant guy. But behind that reality, over the last 10 years, Democrats have lost about 1,000 seats in state legislatures all across this country.”

Bernie doesn’t fucking like Obama either.

Sexism. Racism. Bernie does the worst with Black Women, and is often dismissive when asked a question by one of us. So, his fans see nothing to lose by targeting us in particular, and we in turn are likely the largest group of people willing to sit this one out if Bernie manages to come out on top. The media is no help whatsoever to marginalized people, because they ultimately weave a narrative where Bernie comes out the victim.

We can already see it happening amongst the Children of the Bern, where they have taken to labeling K-Hive, a movement started by a Black Woman (Me) for a Black Woman (Kamala Harris), “Liberal ISIS” for our resistance to Bernie and willingness to defend the other candidates from the attacks levied by the Berner Swarm.

Oh, cry me a fucking river! We don’t dox, cyberstalk, harass, abuse, try to get people fired, engage in bigotry, we learn from our mistakes, and we never make it our mission to ruin someone’s life.

We simply turn the tables on the bros and ask tough questions, like Kamala Harris. If that breaks you down, you were already broken before you found us. Oh, yeah. That’s another thing. We don’t go looking for Berners to abuse; we wait until they come to abuse US and refuse to play along.

Regardless of what poor Peter Daou says, there is no “Unadulterated Hatred” in asking if someone has checked on him.

So, yes, I can blame Bernie for the nastiness of his movement and choose not to ever join it no matter what. Progressives love to play forever victims, even while they engage in their vile abuse, but I do not have to empower their movement or help them elect Bernie. Maybe if enough people sound the alarm and let him know we will not be helping him in November while suffering constantly at the hands of his Branch Bernidians, then he will have no choice but to be a leader and fucking lead these assholes into being decent people. I don’t expect the abuse to magically end if Bernie becomes President or loses to Trump, and I also don’t expect him to do shit about it, so I guess I’m just Never Bernie. What I am now stuck with is the same as always; White States get to vote first and create the narrative that Dem voters are in favor of whoever these powerful white voters choose, and I am sick of it and sick of Sanders. I didn’t become a Democrat to not only be marginalized by the White Moderate, but to also suffer abuse from the punk ass White leftist bitchmade humdinger of a Revolution. I’m not here to empower shitfucks that search me out no matter where I am just to heap abuse on me, threaten me, or report me to the FBI as a possible MASS SHOOTER, all because I think Bernie is an old bigot who minimizes Black oppression to appease the white voters he thinks he’ll need to win the General.

I’m just Never Bernie, deal with it or die mad about it. I don’t care which.

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Dustin
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Well said as always. Thank you for putting this out there as it is helpful to many that feel the same way but aren’t able to come up with the right words to express it themselves.

Sara Huizenga
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Sara Huizenga

#NeverBernie – Bernie bots started their 2020 campaign prior to Trump being inaugurated and a main part of that was instantly hijacking the so called resistance against Trump.

Zee
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Zee

If bernie wins the nom, we get wiped out. If he loses the nom, his supporters will destroy our candidate. Either way, Trump wins again. And frankly the way so many fellow Dems mistook these people for our allies, we only have ourselves to blame. Until recently, Warren supporters were out there insisting that the talibern is akshually good because they would fight the magas on our behalf! Imagine having such garbage judgement.

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King Beauregard

I was discussing this article elsewhere, and naturally the racist progressives didn’t like your “divisive” style, without even noting or caring about the “divisiveness” you’ve had to face and on a vastly larger scale. But a very smart woman who posts there (who might be a Latina — she often delves into Spanish) had this to say:

“Division isn’t division when it’s white.”

I liked that, thought I would share.

Benjamin
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Benjamin

I love how voters are expected to not have ‘purity tests’ over candidates, but candidates are apparently supposed to vet every single one of their supporters. Sometimes there are assholes on the internet, shocking news.

Also love the projection that it’s Sanders and his supporters who feel entitled to votes. We’ve just spent the last four years being berated by liberals who assume that Clinton was some default, entitled to our vote, and it was evil Jill Stein who led us astray (which is just a rerun of the script run after 2000 blaming Nader, which was also simply untrue).

King Beauregard
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King Beauregard

“We’ve just spent the last four years being berated by liberals who assume that Clinton was some default, entitled to our vote” Not sure if you’re clear on how this works, but the primaries exist to determine which candidate Democrats will then support in the general election. So yes, you DID owe your vote to Hillary, unless you wanted to see Trump win I mean. And perhaps it’s time we took that possibility seriously, because I have seen little about the Bernie-or-Bust crowd that makes me think they are fundamentally different from the MAGA crowd. The only distinction — and… Read more »

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Just replying to this idiot

LOL the DNC pushed Clinton, she lost the most winnable election ever because the DNC gave the United states a shit sandwich and thought we would eat it.

Benjamin
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Benjamin

Unlike the Hillary Clinton campaign, I actually understand how the Electoral College works. In fact my solidly blue state went for Clinton by a large margin.

Putting that aside, in fact I am fine with Trump winning. I would rather have a comically inept evil than a competent one. In point of fact Trump still has yet to start a full scale war (though I expect we’ll be invading Iran before he’s gone), whereas Clinton was setting us up for a shooting war with Russia via a No Fly Zone over Syria.

Kelly
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Kelly

This is awesome. I hope you are on my team!

Jack
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Jack

Interesting that you think the front runner who has the highest approval ratings in the party is “divisive.”

Greta Kay
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Greta Kay

THANK YOU! I know that my privilege enables me to more easily feel this way but I cannot stomach Bernie and his cult any more than I can Trump and his. And my refusal to vote for him is NOT the same as his people’s refusal to vote for anyone besides Bernie—I will vote for any of the nominees even though I don’t much care for any of them. Except Bernie, fuck that guy.

Greta Kay
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Greta Kay

also that drawing of him…GENIUS!

Joshua Merriman
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Joshua Merriman

Wow, this is called gaslighting. 95% of the things you said are flat out lies. I personally have a very diverse group of volunteers and when we knock on doors I train my canvassers to be extremely nice and never argue with anybody.

Wendy Contreras
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Wendy Contreras

Gaslighting 101 by Bianca. I’ve never seen such good writing skills used to produce a piece as long as this, all the while making zero compelling arguments. Not even a Bernie supporter, although if this is the opposition I believe I’ll become one now.

Jeff Cooper
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You’re not wrong. The movement behind Sanders isn’t playing nice. You have your facts in order. Your opinion is valid. There’s just one problem: The center is dead. It’s not just here, it’s all over Europe. France has a leftist/progressive movement that is running general strikes against a centrist government. Sanders has nothing to do with that. Eight years ago, we had a powerful leftist movement called Occupy Wall Street. The centrist president Barrack Obama crushed it. The movement you see behind Sanders is that movement. They have very valid reasons to not trust a billionaire funded centrist. You have… Read more »

James
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James

It’s absolutely ridiculous to claim that Bernie is “divisive”, which this meme is about. Perhaps the writer does not realize that Bernie’s campaign slogan is literally the opposite of that? “Not me. Us”. Here’s the deal…So what if Bernie supporters say they won’t reward the DNC for cheating Bernie out of the nomination like they worked so hard to do last time and who are repeating that HUGE mistake again this time around! Here are the facts: The DNC is actively attempting to undermine Bernie’s campaign in order to, effectively, install the candidate of their choosing instead of staying out… Read more »

Anna Perez
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Anna Perez

I’m so glad you wrote this. Because your right about not having to vote for Bernie, in Primary or in the General. Or for anyone for that matter. Candidates need to earn the votes .I’m sick of people trying to force others into voting for their candidate because of this sense of greater good against trump. I share the same view but with the other candidates. And it’s really annoying being consistently attack by the Vote Blue no matter who crowd. I have tons of screenshots of Warren/Pete/Kamla/Beto/Biden supporters wishing death on bernie or/ and his supporters & because of… Read more »

Mike
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Mike

Hey thanks for sharing this. I’m sure you’re going to get a lot of blowback from Bernie supporters (and yes I am one) but I actually appreciate this kind of insight from a person of color because it helps… These are mostly things I wouldn’t have thought of, so again, thank you. Please everyone be kind to Bianca. I’m still supporting Bernie because I think he’s the most realistic choice to implement policies that will help, but going forward white progressives like myself do need to be more aware, listen, and act accordingly. I appreciate your words.

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