No Thanks, I'll Pass
Bernie Sanders hates Hillary Clinton.
This, according to Donald Trump.
When Trump talks, it makes news. Doesn't matter what he says, it's worthy of broadcast. Same these days for Bernie Sanders, the candidate who lost months ago but refuses to accept reality and vows to fight Hillary Clinton's nomination on the convention floor.
If you listen to Bernie's endless complaints, Trump's observation is one thing he's said so far that's believable.
And because this is surely the bigger news than wins for the Democratic side of politics this week like SCOTUS rulings falling on the side of abortion rights and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, the mainstream media jumped at the chance to bring this up with America's most famous loser to get his response:
When it comes to Donald Trump's contention that Bernie Sanders "hates" Hillary Clinton, the Vermont senator chalked it up to Trump being Trump.
"I know, he has read my mind. What a man, what a genius," Sanders remarked sarcastically in an interview Thursday night on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes." "No, the answer is of course, Trump is lying as he always does."
He continued, explaining: "No, I do not hate Secretary Clinton. I've known her for 25 years. I have a lot of respect for her. We've worked together."
This was in response to Trump's comments Thursday in Bangor, Maine:
"And yet— I have to say one thing about Bernie — he, you know, he'll be nasty and say, 'Oh, I'd never vote for Trump,' but that's OK. I know what he thinks inside." Trump said. "He hates her. He hates her."
Trump continued, "I mean, he cannot stand her."
"I'm pretty good with people," the Manhattan businessman declared. "Bernie Sanders cannot stand Hillary Clinton."
Hmm, where on earth would Trump get that idea?
Bernie can laugh this off all he wants with like-minded progressive network hosts, but the truth is Bernie has worked hard to craft this narrative and those same hosts have helped him with it. Perhaps instead of merely asking Bernie if this is true, they should point out that Bernie's words and actions have sowed the seeds of this idea in the first place, and it's hurting Clinton and the Democrats while helping Trump. Why else would Trump jump to take advantage of it? He may not be the brightest person on the planet but he isn't stupid when it comes to capitalizing on misinformation and the misfortune of others. Bernie's ego is a willing participant, and merely pointing out the observations without pointing out why it exists in the first place is part of the problem. Bernie unchecked by the MSM is part of how we got here in the first place.
It's hardly shocking that conventional wisdom suggests that Bernie in fact loathes the presumptive nominee. Worse, if Bernie truly doesn't "hate" Hillary Clinton, that is certainly news to the majority of his supporters.
Bernie lost the primaries in every category, yet he's pretending he's entitled to shape the Democratic platform, and in the past has suggested he should quite possibly be the nominee anyway, or be Hillary's VP, or barring that, should have a hand in choosing her VP and every move she makes going forward.
During the primaries and the debates, all along the way he's been increasingly arrogant not only towards Clinton, but the very party who allowed him to run with them in the first place. Bernie never became a Democrat (He's still registered as "I" for his Senate reelection run.) but he was quick to take advantage of its perks, infrastructure, and fundraising, not just during his primary run, but in the past. He never turned down money that flowed to him via the Democratic National Committee and yes, some via Wall Street donations.
Bernie ran with the Democratic Party's support, yet he condemned them as evil all along the way. He's railed at Democrats, President Obama and Hillary Clinton while co-opting and/or taking credit for a majority of what they've accomplished and their policies. In other areas, he complains that nothing they've done is enough, from the Affordable Care Act right up to the policies in the current Democratic platform that his people voted for this past week.
That's right. Even when Bernie wins, he refuses to take "yes" for an answer. When the Democratic convention platform drafting committee voted 13 out of 15 in favor of the draft, Bernie's chosen members were among them. But now in hindsight, Bernie has decided the platform still isn't good enough. Because of course he has. And so Bernie has now announced (again, in case you missed all his previous declarations) that he will fight the Democrats and Hillary at the convention.
Because "unity" by Bernie's standards is give me everything I want (quite possibly the nomination) and then we'll see, because my goal posts are on wheels. But then, so are Bernie's ideas of "purity." Because while he rants, raves, and whips his supporters into a froth about big oil, Wall Street, and pharmaceutical companies being the root of all Hillary and Democratic evil, he neglects to mention that as of 2014 he was invested in many of those same industries, banks, and companies. Perhaps he still is, but we're not privy to this information because he refuses to release his income tax returns and keeps filing for extensions on his financial disclosures. One extension gave him cover before the end of the primaries, and he filed another one yesterday that will allow him to hide the information until after the Democratic convention:
Yet Bernie has spent months telling anyone who will listen that Hillary Clinton can't be trusted. That voting for her or any Democrat means your children and grandchildren's future will be in jeopardy at the hands of the very same evils he himself has dipped his hands and his investments in.
But again, where on earth would Trump or anyone else get the impression that Bernie hates Hillary?
Just ask any one of Bernie's shrinking circle of supporters and they'll tell you not only that he hates her, but they'll recite endless reasons why. It doesn't matter that they aren't true, it's just enough to "believe" them to be true. They're the result of fictional fairy tales he's spun since he announced he was running and only grew larger in comparison to the size of his growing national spotlight.
You can try and tell his supporters the truth, but they won't believe you. In fact, not only will they ignore the truth, they'll happily make up their own versions of the truth. In fact, his celebrity surrogates were busy telling supporters this week that the Dem platform committee voted against the fracking ban, the $15 minimum wage and carbon tax. (Not true.)
Another fairy tale that lives on in the hearts and minds of the Bernie faithful is his whirlwind manufactured adventure with the Pope in April. His campaign flew an entourage of the Sanders family to Rome tossing back lobster sliders courtesy of his "small donors." The truth of the entire debacle is well documented, but his supporters will hear none of it. Why, just yesterday one told me Bernie and Jane stayed in the Pope's private residence! I'm sure it's merely a coincidence that the whole of the American and international media got it wrong when they reported that Bernie stalked the Pope for a handshake in a hotel lobby, rather than Bernie dropping everything to "meet with the Pope" via personal invitation. Also in on the conspiracy no doubt are FEC documents disclosing the charges for his family's $13,758 stay in a luxury hotel in Rome.
Bernie's campaign has also been flagged over campaign contribution violations numerous times and received warning from the FEC over them, yet because Bernie is pure, the campaign has written them off as something that "happens all the time" in campaigns. Pshaw!
While Bernie goes on and on about everyone's right to being entitled free college and the problem of mounting student debt, his supporters want to hear nothing of the debts of Burlington College, now closed in part thanks to Jane Sanders and her magical math. Sanders, who walked away with a golden parachute of sorts isn't talking either, nor will Bernie discuss it, which works out fine in the world of see no evil, hear no evil Bernie-World. Dare to even mention the possible pending investigation and you'll be met with screams of "Hillary for prison!"
While Bernie seems to have given up his hopes of a flat-out magical coronation at the convention next month, his supporters still believe. Why? Just because. If you don't "get it" then you're not a real progressive, nor a real Democrat. This, according to people who had no clue they had to register as a Democrat to vote for one in some places, to those who don't care to read up on voting rules and requirements, those who ran over Hillary Clinton supporters like steamrollers and banshees at state caucuses, and those who will swear despite visual evidence that chairs in the air got there by themselves rather than being thrown, and someone attempting to stop non-existent chair throwers were merely giving them "a hug."
Nope. You cannot tell Bernie supporters, who are all but praying for some form of indictment or prison sentence for Hillary merely because she exists, that Bernie won't ascend to the Democratic throne next month. But if he doesn't, well, the fix is in don't you know? After all, it was rigged all along by the party that disguised what they were up to by letting Bernie run as a Democrat in the first place. It was all part of the plan! Hillary supporters merely covered their tracks by voting for her. It's not Bernie's fault he had to steal data from the Democrats, sue them over it, and then declare himself in the right when he was actually found to be in the wrong. It was the fault of Democrats who fell under the spell of the ever-powerful Clinton mind games, not to mention women and POC who don't know any better and neglected to vote for the guy who just noticed a few of them here and there when it was politically expedient.
Nope. The whole thing is rigged against Bernie, and that's why the tinfoil hat brigade are going to head to Philly to fight for their hero just as soon as someone donates the money for their plane fare and a hotel room, because "get the money out of politics," am I right? After all, real revolutionaries never pay their own way, they learned that from Bernie! Dare to question the "See You In Philly" crew and they'll scream Bernie Or Beans Bust!
Because anyone who dares to disagree with them is the establishment, Hillary Clinton is evil because, whatever, (just ask the right-wingers who wrote Bernie's hijacked narratives) and if "bust" means giving Donald Trump the nuclear codes, so be it?
Yes, Bernie, where did Donald Trump or anyone else ever get the impression that you hate Hillary Clinton?