Invoking Gun Violence "Revolution" Imagery Prior To Connecticut/Sandy Hook Primary?
It's hard to remember these days that Bernie Sanders once vowed to run an "issues only" campaign and vowed he had "never run a negative campaign before" and he wasn't going to start now.
His supporters have long been attacking anyone who disagrees with him or them, and many have threatened Hillary Clinton supporters, myself included. It's long forgotten that his campaign once made a weak statement on Twitter that he preferred civility from his supporters rather than vitriol.
My how times have changed.
Losing has proved to push his campaign to ugly desperation, and his surrogates, and Bernie himself have now lowered themselves to the ugly Twitter troll behavior they once claimed to dislike.
Bernie has said in the past that his surrogates don't necessarily share the same views he does, (one has to wonder just what his definition of a campaign surrogate is, at this point) and yet time after time as they share their increasingly vitriolic views, Bernie turns a blind eye while they continue their ugly attacks on Hillary Clinton and anyone who supports her.
Who can forget Bernie surrogate Susan Sarandon implying that women who vote for Hillary are too stupid to vote with their brains and vote with their lady parts instead?
Or how about the time when Sarandon harassed voters and activist Dolores Huerta during the Nevada caucus?
Then there was Sanders surrogate Tim Robbins who insulted South Carolina and Guam voters, saying that a Hillary Clinton victory in South Carolina would be "about as significant" as winning Guam.
Of course, Robbins was only echoing the Bernie campaign's now standard talking point that losing southern states is understandable because the South "doesn't count."
Then there was surrogate Rosario Dawson who's been making a point to erase President Obama's achievements at the same time she attacks Hillary Clinton on Bernie's behalf. Her latest comments went the extra right-wing mile when she managed to squeeze in a mention of Monica Lewinsky.
Those are just a few of the attacks by Sanders surrogates leading up to the one above by "progressive" radio host Thom Hartmann, who Tweeted an image of Bernie Sanders with an assault weapon prior to the Connecticut primary, the state where an assault weapon was used to gun down 20 6-and-7-year-old children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly four years ago. The same victims whose families are now suing gun manufacturers, something that Sanders voted against, along with all his other pro-NRA gun votes.
It's pretty hard to imagine that any more of the coming attacks will be more repulsive than Hartmann's, but given the history of the downward spiral of the Sanders campaign, I hesitate to predict they won't be.
After all, Bernie is losing, and he's losing ugly. He's gone from campaigning on the issues to basically orchestrating a months-long personal attack on Hillary Clinton, period, just because he is losing, and since he began his attacks, they've only hurt him more. He and the people running his campaign have blamed everyone but themselves for the results at the polls. They've blamed Clinton, the Democratic Party and the voters. They've blamed losing on race, age, gender, geography and now even income level.
Yes. Yesterday Bernie actually blamed his lack of votes on "poor people" because "poor people don't vote." Even if that were true, and it's not, what does that say about Bernie, who's message is supposed to be largely about income inequality? I'd venture to say he's not very good at his core message if he can't even inspire those he claims to be fighting for, nor figure out a way to direct them to the polls. Instead, he's chosen to insult them.
This "poor people don't vote" excuse makes about as much sense as Bernie's plans to "take on Wall Street."
Spoiler alert: He doesn't have a clue how to do that either.
Perhaps that was part of Thom Hartmann's reasoning for trying to make Bernie look tough against "the banksters" on Wall Street with his shameless imagery above.
Or perhaps he was just acting like a typical wealthy celebrity Sanders surrogate who uses rage instead of concrete thought when they have nothing left to lose, while the rest of us have plenty to lose if they and Bernie keep making the Republicans' job easier in their own quest to take back the White House. (I'm betting the latter, since Hartmann is lashing out at anyone who takes issue with his Tweet by calling us "paid Hillary shills.")
It's hard to tell which these days, just as the line between the Sanders and Trump campaigns become increasingly blurred.