March 14, 2020
Fuck you, Biden. You call it “passion” now, but just hours before you were calling us Bernie Bros and saying we were basically Trumpsters. We do not share a common goal, our goal was to bring about much needed change from people like YOU. #NeverBiden https://t.co/Mah94w1hKb
— BernItUpOrBurnItDown🔥🌹 (@kicranston) March 11, 2020
I recently reported on Jimmy Dore, my favorite far-left radical, saying that he won’t ever vote for Joe Biden.
Now, it appears that this sentiment is spreading.
On Tuesday night, Joe Biden’s campaign was celebrating his latest primary night triumph.
By Wednesday morning, #NeverBiden, #WriteinBernie and #DemExit2020 hashtags began trending on Twitter.
There’s no question it’s been a banner two weeks for Biden. But lurking in the background of his sudden ascension to all-but-presumptive nominee is evidence that at least some Bernie Sanders supporters might not migrate to him in November, weakening him in the general election.
The significance of the problem became apparent in the same string of primaries that put Biden on the cusp of the nomination.
In Michigan — a state critical to Democrats’ efforts to reclaim their general election footing in the Rust Belt — just 2 of 5 Sanders backers said they would vote Democratic in November, regardless of who became the nominee, according to exit polls. Four in five said they’d be dissatisfied with Biden as the Democratic standard-bearer.
Though it’s unclear how widespread or adamant the #NeverBiden contingent is — will they really stay home when the alternative is another four years of President Donald Trump? — the misgivings at least put the Biden campaign on notice that it has significant work to do to bring along Sanders’ base.
There is certainly anecdotal evidence that for many progressives, Biden represents everything they dislike about mainstream Democratic politics. On “The Young Turks,” which draws millions of viewers, Krystal Ball, the former MSNBC host, said she couldn’t vote for Trump.
“But you can leave it blank,” she said, referring to the November ballot.
Ball said she is an “undecided voter” because “if they always can say, ‘Look, you’ve got to vote for us no matter what, you’ve got no other choice,’ then they’re always going to treat us like this.”
Paul Maslin, a top Democratic pollster who worked on the presidential campaigns of Jimmy Carter and Howard Dean, said that in their overtures to Sanders’ supporters, Democrats have “time, Trump and hopefully Bernie himself on our side.”
However, he said, “It’s a huge challenge.”
It’s interesting that POLITICO doesn’t see fit to mention Dore, even though he is at the center of this movement. Presumably, there is a similar media blackout on him as there is on me, and the media is just waiting for a chance to ban him under the pretense that he’s a Russian hacker.
Dore recently interviewed Tulsi Gabbard on her plan for the Coronavirus.
He is going to encourage her to run third party.
It’s obvious he is angry at Bernie for the stupid self-sabotaging shit he’s been doing.
I think a lot of Bernie supporters are going to be angry at Bernie.
This thing of him going out there and praising Joe Biden, saying he isn’t senile, etc. is just nuts.
It is also nuts that he endorses the “Russian hacker” gibberish of the DNC establishment, when none of his supporters do.
I would be supportive of a Tulsi Gabbard third party run, because I would personally prefer if there was a genuine leftist movement that is supportive of real issues that I support, like ending wars, defunding Israel, making peace with Russia, ending corporate dominance of America, etc. There are a lot of issues that right and left wing populists ostensibly agree on, but leftists are just so bad at producing media that they don’t really ever get these issues represented anywhere.
A Tulsi movement would give them something to build around, in the same way that the populist right was able to build around the Trump movement. And we should remember: what we built around the Trump movement remains valuable, regardless of the fact that Trump has abandoned everything he said he stood for.
It gave us focus and a language to express our goals.
Just so, a Tulsi movement would create long-lasting media infrastructure that would last beyond the election, even though she would obviously not win.
So I think it would be great all around.