This has already been addressed on this blog and elsewhere and I wasn’t going to chime in, but Bernie Sanders just released a statement that has my blood boiling.
I always liked Bernie. I enjoyed his occasional appearances on Rachel Maddow’s show. I thought his entry into the presidential race was a good thing as it brought attention to progressive causes. I have also always liked Hillary. I have followed her for 25 years. I have also been saying for the past 40 years that the Republicans clearly had a goal to dumb down the electorate and reduce politics to a sound bite, at least as far as constituents go. This election is the fruition of that plan.
I tended towards Hillary, but like many, had concerns, so I listened to both candidates and decided to wait before making up my mind. As a California resident, I believed that I had plenty of time to decide.
Instead, I watched as Bernie moved further and further away from his stated plans to avoid personal attacks. What I saw, was an old, white, misogynistic man who has been over-represented in politics for too long. I did my research and although I thought I knew all about Hillary, I realized that the subtle, nuanced reporting over the years had caused me to absorb some of the Republican tropes that I thought I was clear of. She really is honest, ethical, and incredibly qualified.
I have experienced the full force of the Bernie Bots and occasionally tried to engage with facts and data, but as a mental health professional, I am also aware of how hard we hold on to emotional decisions, and the decision to support Bernie for most is very much an emotional one.
So today, we hear this:
Within the last few days there have been a number of criticisms made against my campaign organization. Party leaders in Nevada, for example, claim that the Sanders campaign has a ‘penchant for violence.’ That is nonsense. Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence. Our campaign of course believes in non-violent change and it goes without saying that I condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals. But, when we speak of violence, I should add here that months ago, during the Nevada campaign, shots were fired into my office Nevada and apartment housing complex my campaign staff lived in was broken into and ransacked.
Seriously? Both-“siderism” and “victimhood.” Of course there’s no violence at his rallies. The violence is against Hillary supporters, the party, and anyone who hasn’t drunk the Koolaid.