Last night, Hillary Clinton won primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, while Bernie Sanders won in Rhode Island. Clinton appears to be trying to herd Sanders’ supporters into her camp, but doing so may be more problematic that she thinks. As a ‘Bernie or Bust’ movement emerges within Democratic circles, leftists vow that they will not support Clinton in the general election.
For example, H.A. Goodman wrote at the leftist Salon website: “Why would Bernie or Bust voters risk a future with Donald Trump by refusing to vote for Hillary Clinton? It’s structural change Bernie or Bust wants; it’s the status quo that Clinton voters want to uphold.” Goodman’s article shows where the left is coming from:
“The long-term good, for the Bernie or Bust movement, is to ensure future Democratic nominees aren’t advised by Henry Kissinger, paid millions by Wall Street, or given donations from political rivals like Donald Trump. Sorry, I’m never voting for a Democrat who accepted, alongside her husband, $153 million from Wall Street. How does this affect her value system? These millions were given so that Clinton doesn’t advocate breaking up Too Big to Fail banks or reinstate Glass-Steagall. It’s structural change that Wall Street fears, not a watered-down Dodd-Frank.”
Goodman writes of the discomfort that Sanders’ supporters feel about Clinton’s ties to Donald Trump and Wall Street investors. “Bernie or Bust voters can’t vote for someone too frightened to disclose a Goldman Sachs speech transcript. While Bernie speaks openly to millions, Clinton can’t type an email, or perform a simple speech, without scandal. Four years of Trump isn’t optimal, but his presidency will result in eight years of a Democrat. Four years of Clinton, and you get four years of more controversy, unimaginable gridlock, and GOP impeachment.”
This spells trouble for the Democratic Party as it advances toward November. While the media has been focused on fracture lines within the Republican Party that divide Tea Party enthusiasts, Dump Trump advocates, and social conservatives, the fragmentation among Democrats has been largely ignored.
In the event that Bernie Sanders does not get the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential race, the Democratic party has a huge problem on their hands. Many of Sanders’ supporters are making it clear that they are “Bernie or Bust,” meaning that if he doesn’t get the nomination, they still won’t vote for Hillary Clinton. This spells big trouble for the Clinton campaign and will definitely make it hard for her to beat any Republican nominee.
In a sign of revulsion over Clinton, the Revolt Against Plutocracy website has gained more than 86,000 signatures to a pledge to either write in Bernie Sanders on the November ballot, or vote for a Green Party candidate, rather than vote for the former senator and Secretary of State.
Donald Trump tweeted yesterday that because Democrats have treated Sanders so badly, the Vermont senator should run as an Independent. "Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats -- both with delegates & otherwise. He should show them, and run as an independent," Trump tweeted. Sanders' wife, Jane Sanders, dismissed the idea in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer Tuesday afternoon. "We've been very clear right from the beginning that we will not play the role of spoiler," she said. "The reason that he was active and he decided to run in the Democratic Party was just that: We cannot afford a Republican in the White House. We cannot afford a Republican appointing Supreme Court justices. So Bernie will not be running as an independent."
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