Well she’s at it again.
Here in America the kabuki theater of an impeachment “trial” is monopolizing the streaming news channels as our Senators, who are supposed to sit in their seats wander about the chamber, stand up to stretch their legs or walk out for a pee break.
Everyone has to sit and listen even though everyone knows Donald Trump will be acquitted. There isn’t a chance in hell two thirds of this Senate will vote to remove him from office. The rules have been fixed by the odious Mitch McConnell and acquittal assured. Everyone in the GOP just wants to get it over with.
So while the charade of a trial goes on, the loser (in the electoral college at least), Hillary Clinton, who by losing the last election put our Putin wannabe in office, came out of her shell and attacked,,,,,,,,Bernie Sanders.
“He was in Congress for years. He had one senator support him. Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done,” Clinton said in the film about her lfe, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “He was a career politician. It’s all just baloney, and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
In an interview published Tuesday Clinton was asked if that assessment of Sanders, still holds: “Yes, it does,” she said.
Clinton would not say if she was prepared to endorse Sanders should he become the 2020 Democratic nominee, and she went on to criticize the “culture” around Sanders’ supporters.
“It’s his leadership team. It’s his prominent supporters. It’s his online Bernie Bros and their relentless attacks on lots of his competitors, particularly the women,” she said. “And I really hope people are paying attention to that because it should be worrisome that he has permitted this culture – not only permitted, (he) seems to really be very much supporting it.”
In a statement, Sanders did not respond to specific claims made by Clinton but rather redirected focus to the Senate impeachment trial that resumed Tuesday. “My focus today is on a monumental moment in American history: the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Together, we are going to go forward and defeat the most dangerous president in American history,” Sanders said
Sanders lost to Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, but ultimately he endorsed and campaigned for her, though Clinton has accused Sanders of hurting her chances against Trump by delaying his endorsement.
“Honestly, Bernie just drove me crazy,” she said according to The Reporter.
The myth that Sanders supporters are predominantly raging young white “bros” whose driving purpose is to viciously troll and harass his adversaries took hold during the 2016 election and has been pushed relentlessly by his 2020 detractors. It was brought into the narrative by the Clinton campaign itself in 2016.
In the process, the term Bernie bro marginalized and erased the voices of millions of people of color and women who were part of the Sanders-inspired “Not me. Us” movement.
She blames Bernie for doing “lasting damage” to her campaign and “paving the way” for President Trump’s attack against her as “Crooked Hillary.”
According to excerpts of Clinton’s new campaign tell-all book, “What Happened,” Clinton claims that she wanted to fight back against Sanders’s characterization of her as beholden to corporate interests,(she made millions giving speeches to corporate elites and donors), but that then-President Obama and others advised her to stay quiet.
Come on Hillary! Tell us how your really feel!
This truth-telling by Clinton will draw huge headlines. And that is very, very good news for Bernie Sanders.
Here’s why: Sanders is running this 2020 presidential campaign (as he did the 2016 campaign) on a simple premise: the powerful have been sitting comfortably for way too long and it’s time to shake things up. Sanders was vilifying the elites and the political establishment (of both parties) long before Donald Trump even started considering running for president.
This is who Sanders is; it’s who he has always been. It’s at the core of why people support him and why he has been able to build a movement around his back-to-back presidential candidacies.
Guess who, for lots and lots of Sanders supporters (and even other Democrats who don’t support him) epitomizes that elite establishment? The Clintons. Hillary Clinton’s friendliness with Wall Street and well-heeled donors always irked Sanders and his backers during the 2016 campaign, although, with very few exceptions, he rarely attacked her over it.
For Clinton to attack Sanders as friendless and ineffective then — and to do so with the Iowa caucuses just 12 days away — affirms to Sanders backers that everything he has been running against within the Democratic Party is still out there, and still doesn’t like him. That it is coming from Clinton, who not only represents the dynastic streak within Democratic politics that many within the grassroots reject, but who also lost what everyone assumed to be a sure thing victory over Trump in 2016, makes this all even more powerful for Sanders.
The likely reaction from Sanders world will be righteous anger. See, this is what we’re fighting against! The establishment is afraid of Bernie! They are attacking him because they can’t control him!
And in terms of activating emotions that can turn out voters, righteous anger is right at the top of the list. If ever the Sanders loyalists needed motivation to stick it to the establishment, which has taken the form, in this race, of Joe Biden, then they got it and more with this Clinton interview.
Today a number of polls came out indicating the national race for the nomination has stratified into three tiers, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders moving up and for the first time clearly sharing the lead with former Vice President Joe Biden. The second tier is made up of their nearest competitors — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg — who are each at least 10 points back from Biden and Sanders. Much of the rest of the 12-candidate field is in single digits, and four candidates failed to garner even 1 percent support.
Sanders also has momentum on his side — a recent string of good polls propelled him into the last Democratic debate before the Iowa caucuses as a candidate on the rise, and his $34.5 million fundraising haul for the last quarter of 2019 dwarfed the rest of the Democratic field.
Last time around the Democratic National Committee tilted the playing field against Bernie and in favor of Clinton; recall that the “super delegates” (who voted at the Convention but didn’t have to be elected – they were appointed) all supported Hillary.
It won’t be so easy for the establishment this time around. We live in interesting times.