Bernie Sanders is not some innocent victim of circumstances beyond his control when it comes to the outrageous behavior of his Revolution. This is no doddering old man who has no idea how social media works; since 2016, Sanders has been consistently ahead of the pack when it comes to engagement, and quite frankly, hyper-aware of how to utilize the diversification of social media platforms to his advantage. Bernie KNOWS about his Bros. And he knows they are out of control. So, why isn’t he doing something about these menacing marauders who spend their time abusing the very voters that Bernie WILL need come November, if he is the nominee?
What I’m hearing is, Bernie Sanders approves of it, he fosters a culture that rewards it, and he has no intention of doing a damn thing about it.
…Democratic activist who speaks regularly with Sanders campaign staff says it’s unlikely that Sanders will make any effort to rein in his staff or change their behavior, or that of his supporters, because he approves of it. “Bernie knows exactly what’s happening,” the activist said. “And his campaign is in the loop about this coordinated viciousness.”
Wild and out of control, Bernie supporters are not a new thing, by ANY means. Bernie has been questioned about their behavior many many many times. So, when Bernie Sanders feigned ignorance about his “BernieBro” problem, blamed bots, and declared that those people were “not a part of his movement”, I didn’t believe a word he said. It wasn’t just that he came off like a weaker, and far more mealy mouthed version of Chuck Todd (Sorry, Chuck, IJS.). It also wasn’t just that he appeared to be a less evil, but just as crazy, version of President Trump. It IS partially the fact that I actually screamed when he called for “all supporters of campaigns” (All?) to behave like fucking adults; muthafucka what? It is only his own supporters that are acting out. That makes me gnash my teeth. We don’t engage in violent rhetoric just because someone likes a candidate, and doesn’t like ours.
If they’re not your supporters, Bernie?
Then what the fuck is this?
Berners sent DEATH THREATS to her over THIS TWEET?
I fully blame Bernie Sanders for the viciousness of his movement, and the Party needs to EJECT HIM from OUR Primary. https://t.co/k6Qa2YYKF4
— Biologically Black Bianca (@RealKHiveQueenB) February 25, 2020
But a number of Democratic activists, strategists, and campaign insiders who know how Sanders operates say his protestations ring more than a bit hollow.
Bernie doesn’t mean a word he says about bullying, and his fans know it. The worst part of this past week has been the way in which Bernie utilized the skin color of two of his senior staffers, Briahna Joy Grey and Nina Turner, as a deflection shield and weapon against the citizens who complained of mistreatment by his Revolutionaries. Maybe Bernie uses all of those private jets in order to fly all that UTTER GALL he owns from campaign stop to campaign stop?
Sanders’ claim to “disown” supporters whose behavior crosses the line was far stronger a denunciation than what he’d offered days before, when his campaign responded to reports of the threats against Culinary officials with a statement urging “supporters of all campaigns” to refrain from “bullying or ugly personal attacks”. He appeared to excuse such conduct by his supporters in his next breath when he added that some of the “African-American women on [his] campaign” — including former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, his national co-chair — had been subject to “disgusting” attacks as well.
For days I have been silently fuming at the disrespect and erasure of the average Dem who found themselves targeted for abuse by simply expressing a lack of positive sentiment towards the Socialist Senator. Not only that, as a Black Woman, I interact with many other Black Women who are, like me, just regular citizens who come to social media to discuss politics.
“He denied everything in 2016, and then all of a sudden he wants to save 2020 when it’s actually his staff who are participating in these activities? Right,” she said, with more than a hint of sarcasm in her voice.
“Everybody’s not doing it. They [the Sanders campaign] are doing it and they think it’s acceptable, and so they project it onto everybody else’s campaign.”
Oh, look! It’s Ben Mora, a Michigan based Field Directors for the Bernie Sanders campaign. How is he a troll or a bot? Well, sure, he’s a troll, but he goddamn sure isn’t Russian or “Not a part of our movement,” as Sanders said recently. It’s just your average BernieBro that the Sanders camp wants to force you to shut the fuck up about. I have been dealing with the Ben Moras of the world for five years straight. How sad. Fuck You, Bernie.
And in my time dealing with Berners and Trolls, I have found that Black Women are attacked the most, hit the hardest, threatened more often, and usually the abuser remains in our mentions until blocked. Then, once they lose access to us, they simply open up another account, and then continue doling out a litany of insults about our intelligence, appearance, values, and even our commitment to our OWN race; all because we do not see Bernie Sanders as our savior.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 23, 2020
And sadly, Bernie doesn’t even want to be our savior, not even from his own bros; saving Black Women is not on the WWC agenda that Bernie has been working on since around the time Lot’s Wife was turned into a pillar of salt. The only place Black Women seem to fit in in Bernie-world, is in the same place Diamond and Silk fit in when shielding Steve King from getting a public dragging about his racism.
“He got up on stage and used two black women as shields for him. That is a smack in the face to me because I have been working on this since 2013, and with the ways in which black women are being targeted online, it really doesn’t matter whose campaign they’re on,” she said. “But these two black women are participating in these tactics.”
Bernie is not solely to blame for this racist behavior.
The two women involved are fully complicit, but, when you get right down to it, Bernie is in charge, and he doesn’t have to sanction any of this humiliating bullshit. This is a strange flip for a man and movement so opposed to identity politics that he once made a point to let women of color know that our color and womanhood don’t matter if we are not fighting the Oligarchy. Apparently, the Black Women Bernie has hired pass the Oligarchy fighting test. It appears that Brie Brie runs interference and crafts the gas-lighting tactics Sanders uses to dismiss criticism and play the victim. The cynicism involved in what she does when she flips the script from racist bros attacking Black Women to “using the term Berniebro is racist erasure of Bernie’s PoC and women supporters” is absolutely mind-blowing, hateful, racist, abusive, and she should go back to practicing law. Maybe she can defend some piece of shit used car salesmen?
“The ‘Bernie Bro’ smear” — is “racist erasure.”
Let me be CLEAR. This lady is a goddamn liar who enjoys crafting White Victim-hood narratives so much that I would TOTALLY NOT be shocked if she pulled a Sammy Sosa on us one day. Hi, Brie Brie? I hear you went to Harvard. Why the fuck do you sound so goddamn stupid? Women and PoC are not being erased by us discussing the abuse we receive from the White Men in your movement. I am rarely ever bothered by women and PoC for Bernie. Stop acting dumb. I just want you to know that I think it’s great that life is all fun and games for you now, and it’s fine that you don’t care if we are abused; but you are marginalizing Black People and trivializing the REAL issue of ERASURE that holds us back. And you do it all in service to a culture of denialism and aggression that is fostered in your camp, and that you spread among the masses of your movement. We won’t forget what you did here, you will be reminded for the rest of your public life that you have never stood up for the marginalized. You are a front. You simply stood in the way of a solution.
“‘Bernie Bros exist,” she added. “What we’re trying to debate is how much of his following is white males versus everybody else, and so when the ‘Bernie Bros’ argument gets used, it’s not just being used because it’s some random narrative. It’s the people who actually come after others, and a his majority of following is quote-unquote white working class white men,” she continued.
I can’t find one lie.
“For her to say, Well, everyone else who is supporting Bernie and all the support he’s getting from all the brown community is being erased by saying ‘Bernie Bros’ is absurd… it’s like arguing about the 30 per cent of the white supremacists that are supporting Trump. This is stupid.”
You have my full permission to tell that maladjusted misfit, Al Sharpton’s 92 Press n’ Curl wearing, Dime Novel Dialogue using ass, gas-lighting, self-hating asshole to shut the fuck up saying BernieBro is a racist term. I feel terrible that a fellow Black Woman is willing to throw all of the rest of the Black Women who are suffering daily onslaughts all the entire way under the bus, in service to a White Man.
“Use it, and you’re complicit. It’s that simple,” Gray added.
Such statements, Mitchell said, start “misinformation conversations.”
Instead, these insiders describe a campaign that has dispensed with the largely positive tone which characterized Sanders’ 2016 presidential run in favor of a combative, grievance-driven one. They say it is led by a team of “true believers” who have little experience with presidential campaigns, are too enthralled by Sanders to question or challenge him, and who knowingly wield swarms of angry, harassment-happy pro-Sanders social media users like any other tool in the campaign toolbox for a candidate who, despite claims to the contrary, is perfectly fine with it.
Um, I don’t remember Sanders ever having a largely positive tone, not this year, last year, or any of the ten years before that. Bernie lists out a litany of problems and struggles faced by the working class; he can tell you how many are homeless, what the poverty rate is, how many are in debt, and how we’re the richest nation on earth, so nobody should be suffering. He then offers you a FREE solution, paid for by anybody wealthier than you, it’s always paid for by someone else. Like Trump’s Wall. But, in order to get these wonderful things, there is something you must do first and foremost; you must take down the Democratic Establishment. You must destroy them for being in the way.
But before you can take them down, you must take down the average Democrat, which is why we are at the toxic place we are.
“Clearly, they think it’s a winning strategy. Beforehand, people just looked at the campaign as being kind of a little bit mean and nasty, but it’s gone up a notch and I think they probably feel justified [by polling results].”
Until we submit and agree to move to the place Sanders is, by ridding ourselves of these meddlesome Democrats, the beatings will continue. Bernie said and has been saying he is here to pretty much take on the entire party, take it over, and mold it into what he believes it should be. Sure, it takes a massive ego to believe you can take over a party and force them to suit your needs, but don’t put it past him. He’s already halfway there.