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.”
I'm running for president. I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least 1 million people from across the country. Say you're in: https://t.co/KOTx0WZqRf pic.twitter.com/T1TLH0rm26
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2019
Reaction to Bernie Sanders launching his 2020 presidential bid:
Oh heck no! Go away Bernie and take you socialism with you! Free everything for everyone! LOL! Good luck with that!
— Blue VA (@VA4Hillary1) February 19, 2019
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?
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) February 19, 2019
Bernie Sanders is an egomaniac whose focus is legacy, not what’s best for the masses.
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) February 19, 2019
Morning Joe just said the DNC rigged the 2016 election against Bernie. He’s not a Democrat & Hillary beat him by 4 million votes! He will lose by a much larger margin this time. His campaign mgr worked with Manafort & Russia to rig the election against Hillary! 😡 #NeverBernie
— Anna Notaro (@AnnaNotaro22) February 19, 2019
Bernie Sanders is desperate – now attacking unnamed gay, black, Latina, women candidates & their voters.
"Only I can fix it. If you don't pick me, it's because she's a woman or black. My speech is the best. I have the best speeches." #NeverBernie
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) February 19, 2019
— Darrell "A Proud Angry Democrats" West🌊🌊🌊 (@DarrellWest1984) February 19, 2019
Hard pass, Bro. You are part of the reason our country is fucked. Not going back. #NeverBernie
— Americano on the go (@Momathree) February 19, 2019
#NeverBernie I don't want Bernie. He is partially responsible for the horror show we are currently dealing with in the White House.
— Diane Sandow (@darbgs64) February 19, 2019
Before the shitstorm gets ramped up, let's remember that all the Democratic candidates have been really cordial and supportive, to each other. Let's see how long that lasts, now that the cranky, shouty, old man has entered the race.#NeverBernie
— Karen Springer 🗽 (@SpringerKM) February 19, 2019