V ermont Sen. Bernie Sanders launches his 2020 presidential bid insulting diversity:  “We’ve got to look at candidates…not by the color of their skin, not by their sexual orientation or their gender and not by their age.”

That’s a tone deaf comment to make because we have a very diverse field of Democratic presidential candidates — gay (Pete Buttigieg), two African Americans, Latino (Julian Castro) and five women. This field of candidates is probably the most diverse we have ever had and it should be embraced, not ignored because Bernie wants us to.

Sanders has entered a very crowded field of progressive candidates including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand. Therein lies one of his biggest problems. Though it’s early in the campaign season, Harris is on the verge of a break-out, which many hope she can sustain.

Many people do not want to revisit the 2016 presidential campaign because he waged a vitriolic campaign against Hillary Clinton, giving Trump some of his talking points. It will be hard for him to convince rank-and-file Democrats, who were angered of his treatment of Mrs. Clinton, plus the fact he remained in the race far longer than he should.

As a black voter in the South, I was insulted when Bernie dismissed this critical voting block in the primaries because we turned out in force for Clinton. I hope the media will vet him this time around, since he was able to slide right under his scant record, which includes voting for the 1994 crime bill. He got away with showing the summary of his 2014 tax return and never answered questions about his senior campaign aide Tad Devine, who has ties to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

GOP strategist Rick Wilson summed up Bernie’s presence in the race as Donald Trump’s “reelection insurance.” He tweeted: “RIP my TL but Bernie Sanders is Trump Reelection Insurance. “The solution to Trumpism is a crusty 80 year old professor of socialist poetry from Bennington Community College,” said no one, ever. Why not just declare the Sanders- Gabbard ticket now and bring the doom early?”

Wilson isn’t the only Republican hammering Sanders. Several sped out of the gates painting him as a Socialist. It was no accident for Kamala Harris to emphatically state “I am not a Democratic Socialist.”

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