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R.I.P. The Presidential Hopes of our Lord Patron Saint Bernard Sanders

His attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2016 contributed to her ultimate electoral college defeat in crucial battleground states. But after seemingly taking a swipe at the nation’s first black president while giving a speech to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Senator Bernie Sanders might as well kiss his hopes at the presidency good-bye.

Alex Mohajer

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RIP The Presidential Ambitions of Our Lord Patron Saint Bernard Sanders
We knew ye' well.

Former failed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (affectionately dubbed Our Lord, Patron Saint Bernard Sanders by the Bros for America podcast panelists) sparked the ire of CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers on Thursday after Sanders made seemingly disparaging remarks regarding President Barack Obama on a speech meant to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

Sanders loyalists were quick to defend the statements, opining that they were taken out of context and that the critics were purposefully stoking racial divide (for what purpose Sellers would be interested in creating racial discord is as-of-yet unclear).

Nevertheless, after Sanders gave a speech in which he basically minimized Barack Obama as a “charming guy” who oversaw a massive failure to govern, Sellers took to Twitter to proclaim that the Senator from Vermont had just put the nail in the coffin of his 2020 presidential aspirations.

Sanders already has a problem with the little-talked-about but very-prevalent Hillary Clinton voters who are still angry with him (and the cult-like “Never Hillary” subsect of his following) for his contributions to her electoral college defeat. His line of attack- calling her arrogant, corrupt, implying she was crooked- played into Mr. Trump’s hands. At times during their general election kerfuffle, Trump would recite Sanders verbatim in his campaign rhetoric.

While Sanders did offer his endorsement and campaign for Clinton, he never did provide the same full-throated endorsement that Secretary Clinton herself gave to President Obama following their famous primary showdown in 2008. By some measures, Clinton would go on to win the popular vote in that contest and ultimately served as Secretary of State in Obama’s first term, to great success.

Hillary Clinton won 66 million votes for president in 2016, many of which were cast by party-faithful Democrats who still greatly admire both Clinton and the former president, who remains immensely popular despite the current administration’s attempts at undoing his legacy.

A year and a half after the 2016 presidential election and Hillary Clinton has remained in the crosshairs of the alt-right media machine, constantly scrutinized and attacked by the press and social media users alike, leaving the popular vote winner to publically jest that “FOX News is always trying to impeach me.”

The Senator’s problems don’t stop there: African American women largely supported Clinton and continue to make up the backbone of the Democratic Party, as evidenced by the recent upset victory of Democrat Doug Jones in the special election for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Alabama. Black women there were the determinative game changers. Not only did they turn out, they went for Jones by a 95% margin. You read that correctly.

Sanders, though, took to the interview circuit just days after the election to send a message that he has since repeated countless times over: the Democrats should shuck identity politics (that is, to appeal to black and brown voters) in favor of the white working class.

In upcoming presidential primaries, women of color will continue to hold court throughout the West and South and will be crucial to winning the Democratic primary presidential elections for decades to come.

Finally, the March for our Lives movement will surely affect the outcome of this November’s critical mid-term elections, with gun reform at the forefront. Here, Sanders is faced to confront an issue for which he never had a clear answer during the 2016 election. His poor record when it comes to gun issues (voting down the Brady bill 5 times, the fact that the NRA helped get him elected to Congress) has always been a formidable blemish on his record. The Mothers of the Movement, who flocked to Clinton in 2016 and spoke to the Democratic National Convention to hopa e and won’t take kindly to disparaging comments made about the first black president on the anniversary of the MLK Jr.’s assassination.

Certifiedly Dead: Bernie Sanders’ presidential aspirations.

Time of death: April 5, 2018, at 5:59am EST

Cause of death: Self-destruction
Foot-in-mouth
The Voters Just Don’t WANT Him
Karma’s a bitch.
 

 

 

 

 

 


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Named one of OUT Magazine's 100 Most Eligible Bachelors of 2017, Alex Mohajer is a controversial up-and-coming political writer and commentator whose unapologetic post-election commentary made him one of the most shared contributors at The Huffington Post. He is the first journalist in America to openly impugn the presidency of Donald Trump in a major publication. Mohajer is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bros4America (formerly Bros4Hillary), a progressive advocacy organization that gained national recognition during the 2016 presidential election for its efforts to elect Hillary Clinton. Named by LGBTQ Nation to their Top 8 People Working to Elect Hillary Clinton. Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Berkeley where he studied politics with progressive champion Robert Reich, and a Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law, where he studied constitutional law with conservative hero Hugh Hewitt. While in law school, he was awarded "Most Likely To Be Held in Contempt" by his graduating class. He has been interviewed for or featured on The Fox News Channel, PolitiFact, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, LA and NY Times, AfterBuzz TV, OUT and Instinct Magazine(s), Dan Savage Blog, TheWrap, Yahoo News, New York Public Radio, The David Pakman Show, The Ann Walker Show, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and more. Alex is an author, public/motivational speaker, and an award-winning singer, actor, and solo artist who was nominated for a 2016 Broadway World Award for Best Male Cabaret Artist. Alex lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Bruce Wayne. Press inquiries and bookings: press@bros4america.com

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14 Comments

  1. Charlotte Scot

    April 9, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Bernie’s swipe was not at Barack Obama, it was at the Democratic Party. Do Democrats rule the House? Do Democrats rule the Senate? Do we have a Democrat as President? What is the controversy? It is just another intended smear against Bernie Sanders (The Clinton/Brock/DNC started the “Black’s hate Bernie smear” in 2016, apparently it has nevee stopped)

  2. dejah thoris

    April 9, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    We will never vote for him or forgive him.

  3. Micala

    April 9, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    This Bozo is an establishment hack, the DNC shot itself in the foot. Sanders should be the face of the party, if it wasn’t corporate owned. Brazile, Schultz, the emails, Clinton’s close relationship with the banks, etc. damned the party. Frankly, I’m glad Sanders is an Independent, it just makes him cleaner.

  4. Micala

    April 9, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    The DNC had best stop hassling Sanders, he’s the most popular politician in the country, without his help the party’s stuck in the mud.

  5. Micala

    April 9, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Who’s “We”? You better hope he forgives the DNC and Clinton for rigging the primaries, he’s in a position to heal or kill the party.

  6. Brent Showers

    April 10, 2018 at 1:32 am

    What does Bernie’s speech have do with African Americans as a whole? It was a criticism about how much of a failure democrats have been at the local and state level. People are taking this entire thing out of context for hyper political points.

  7. Brent Showers

    April 10, 2018 at 1:35 am

    What exactly did bernie say that was wrong here? Nothing he said was about race. As for the we statement. I’m assuming either your a hillary supporter or someone who is buying into the race argument. if that’s the case you need to get over your hatred of Bernie he stood up for hillary during the general and he’s standing up for the survival of the party now even at the cost of his own image as a independent he didn’t have to defend many individuals in the party over the past couple of months to rebuild their image but he has. Many bernie supporters didn’t vote for hillary to be treated like this from the party insiders or so called democrats who threw dreamers aside when things got tough. We wanted real change not fanfare for America. Wake up it’s time to fight for a egalitarian America that looks beyond race into intersectionality.

  8. Alex Mohajer

    Alex Mohajer

    April 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I think the implication was to that Democrats had overseen a massive failure to govern over the past 15 years. The standard-bearer for the Democrats during the past 10 years has been Barack Obama. Follow that up with “and he’s a really charming guy,” and a great speaker sounded, to most people, like he was saying “Barack talks pretty but he was a massive failure.” At the very least, he greatly minimized President Obama’s vast record of accomplishment. That he should minimize the first black president’s record on the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, feels untoward.

  9. Alex Mohajer

    Alex Mohajer

    April 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in a veritable landslide. She beat him with 4 million votes and she did so without lying on superdelegates. The Democratic primary was not rigged, and no amount of talk of favoritism is going to change the fact that a couple Democratic Party staff members favoring Hillary Clinton does not a rigged primary make, it means she was more liked. And at the end of the day, the Party officials didn’t pick her. The people did. They got out. They voted. They chose. Enough is enough.

  10. Eddie Shore

    April 21, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I don’t know why Bernie Sanders (or any real progressive) gives the DNC the time of day. The Democratic party clearly decided to be Republicans with a different name.

    The Dems had their chance and they blew it.

  11. Eddie Shore

    April 21, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Here’s Reality:

    Death: Any chance of Bros4America having any logic, reason, or sense of reality
    Cause of Death: Worship of Hillary Clinton
    Symptoms: Unrelenting and unwarranted hate for Bernie Sanders, Nina Turner, Susan Sarandon, and everyone who supports #Medicare4All, fair elections, affordable college, and actually caring for the middle class, declaring them to be Russian agents because they want a war with Russia for… reasons

    The voters WANT Bernie Sanders. They don’t want a corporate puppet Democrat who acts as a Republican.

  12. Micala

    April 21, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Amen!

  13. Alex Mohajer

    Alex Mohajer

    June 20, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Well it looks like with the Democrats recent policy of only allowing Democrats to run for their nomination, its looks like it may not even be an issue.

    Actually, if he decides to run third party and spark up his base again, which is kinda what screwed Dems anyway it may be….

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