With Joe Biden all but assured as the Democrats’ nominee, the question remains who Bernie Sanders’ supporters will back. Reports suggest a large number of Bernie backers will defect to vote for Donald Trump. Others might sit out in November. Sanders himself tried to muster his supporters to go in for Joe. But what he said only sealed Biden’s fate.
It’s no secret that Bernie Sanders’ supporters are usually the most radical, left-wingers of the left wing. They embraced Sanders, the self-described socialist, because he was promising massive government expansion and taxpayer benefits including universal health care and free college tuition.
But many of his supporters are also disillusioned with the Democratic Party’s base. They see figures like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden as Washington insiders who care more about catering to special interests than the American people. They liked Sanders because he was considered an outsider (despite being in politics since the 70s).
Its possible many Sanders supporters will not vote for Biden, seeing him as the enemy. So Sanders, once again cowering to the establishment, tried to sell quite the line to his people. But it will only backfire.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders predicted Wednesday that Biden could become the “most progressive president” since Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Sanders’ remarks came as a task force set up by the two former rivals released a wide-ranging set of recommendations for the party’s convention platform.
“The compromise they came up with, if implemented, will make Biden the most progressive president since FDR,” Sanders told MSNBC. [Source: Fox News]
There are two big problems with what Sanders is claiming. First, none of his supporters will believe Joe Biden will suddenly become a progressive president. The man has been in Washington for over 40 years. He is considered a moderate—a D.C. elitist. Why would he suddenly change just to win over a few radicals in Sanders’ camp?
The other big problem, of course, is if he does become more progressive. Normally, candidates move closer to the middle once they earned the party’s nomination. After securing that, they have to now win over independents and swing voters. How the hell does Biden expect to win over Trump voters with a platform as “progressive” as socialism-loving FDR?
Its clear Sanders is scrambling to convince his camp to rally behind Biden. But it all rings hollow. Twice Sanders ran on a campaign of challenging the status quo in Washington. He promised to root out the political corruption that has been rampant for years. He ran against figures like Clinton and Biden, because his supporters hated them.
Yet twice Sanders has caved to the establishment and became their little trumpet boy. Kind of casts a shadow over all his progressive convictions, doesn’t it?
In both 2016 and 2020, Sanders proved he was unwilling to really fight Democrats and the obvious corruption within their party. He quickly folds, becoming a puppet for a machine that cares little about Americans and more about globalists and big business. Everything that Sanders claims to be against, he wholeheartedly embraces in the end.
That will most likely have a bigger impact on who former Sanders supporters vote for, than his weak endorsements today.
Sanders voters flocked to his banner, because he was promising a break from corrupt D.C. politics. He claimed to be an outsider (he wasn’t) that could put Americans first. Gee, who is really doing that?
President Trump is a real outsider who has tirelessly fought a toxic system (including many Republicans), to put Americans first. His leadership has brought back many jobs and ended years of abusive policies. Not once has Sanders tried to do the same as a senator.
And his latest boast of Joe Biden will only fall on deaf ears.