Thursday Reads: Democratic Whores of the World, Unite!
Posted: April 14, 2016 Filed under: morning reads, U.S. Politics
Bernie and Jane: Fighting all those “Corporate Democratic Whores”
So . . . tonight’s debate should be interesting. In the past few weeks, Bernie Sanders has been attacking Hillary Clinton in the most insulting, sexist, and damaging ways most decent people could possibly imagine.
He has implied again and again that she is corrupt, while providing no evidence. He has denigrated her as “the establishment” candidate and attacked anyone who endorses her as “the establishment”–even groups that provide support and services to women, like Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and Emily’s List. Last week, Sanders even baldly stated that Clinton is “unqualified” to be president.
Here’s the latest from a Sanders rally in NYC last night.
Here is the transcript, courtesy of Peter Daou:
Dr. Paul Song: Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen. [boos] Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something greater than the status quo. [cheers] Medicare for all will never happen if we continue to elect corporate Democratic whores[cheers] who are beholden to big pharma and the private insurance industry instead of us.”
The next speaker, Rosario Dawson, said that Clinton is responsible for the hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Middle East and elsewhere. Finally, Sanders arrived at the podium and thanked the previous speakers for their “great introductions.”
Twitter exploded. Dr. Song eventually provided a non-apology.
This morning, Bernie Sanders campaign sent another non-apology.
Not good enough. Too little, too late. Sen. Sanders and Dr. Song should apologize to Hillary Clinton and to Democrats generally. And let’s not forget that President Obama is among the “Democratic whores” too, since he failed to get single payer health care.
This kind of behavior from a presidential campaign is simply unacceptable. Sanders is no better than Trump, IMO.
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 13: Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during the Bernie Sanders rally at Washington Square Park on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
According to CNN, Sanders said the following about Hillary Clinton the day after he first said she was “unqualified” and after it was explained to him that Hillary had never called him “unqualified.”
“When you voted for the war in Iraq, the most disastrous foreign policy blunder in the history of America, you might want to question your qualifications. When you voted for trade agreements that cost millions of Americans decent paying jobs, and the American people might want to wonder about your qualifications. When you’re spending an enormous amount of time raising money for your super PAC from some of the wealthiest people in this country, and from some of the most outrageous special interests … Are you qualified to be president of the United States when you’re raising millions of dollars from Wall Street whose greed and recklessness helped destroy our economy?”
This has been the theme of Sanders’ attacks on Clinton from the beginning. He has implied again and again that she is corrupt and that any campaign contributions she receives or speeches she makes involve some kind of quid pro quo. He never provides any evidence for these accusations.
Can any intelligent observer really doubt that terms like “corporate Democratic whores” come from the Sanders campaign itself? If they will say the kinds of things they have been saying in public, what must they be saying behind closed doors when the media isn’t listening? Sometimes those sneering private epithets slip out when the rest of us can hear them. That is likely what happened last night. And it was ugly.
For months, Sanders has allowed his supporters to boo and hiss Hillary’s name at his rallies and he has done nothing to stop them from trolling people on social media and even harassing superdelegates in their homes. Where will it end? Will Sanders be proud of himself when excerpts from his speeches and his surrogates’ speeches turn up in Republican campaign ads in the Fall?
Dr. Paul Y. Song
#DemocraticWhores is currently trending on Twitter, and my guess is this will continue to be a story in the build-up to tonight’s debate. After the debate, Jane and Bernie Sanders will travel to Rome where Bernie will give a 10-minute presentation at an academic conference.
Interestingly, Dr. Paul Song is married to journalist Lisa Ling, who supports Clinton. Ling’s sister Laura Ling was released from captivity in North Korea with help from former President Bill Clinton.
A couple of media links to this story:
NBC News: Sanders Under Fire for Supporter’s ‘Whores’ Remarks.
Slate: Bernie’s Latest Bro Headache Involves a Supporter’s Remarks About “Corporate Democratic Whores.”
I expect there will be more as the day goes on.
The Daily Mail reports that Jane Sanders declined to address the situation in an appearance on CNN this morning.
Jane Sanders, wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders, didn’t apologize when asked about comments a surrogate made from the stage of the presidential hopeful’s New York City rally last night.
Healthcare activist Paul Song labeled those who chose to keep the current private healthcare system intact, like Hillary Clinton, instead of advocating for a Medicare-for-all plan, like Sanders, ‘Democratic whores.’
When Jane Sanders was asked about it by CNN’s Chris Cuomo she seemed miffed.
‘I’m sorry, I didn’t hear it at all,’ Sanders said. ‘It’s a strange choice of words and I can’t imagine anybody was speaking about Secretary Clinton that way.’
Really? It’s difficult to believe that Jane is not aware of the behavior of her husband’s supporters on social media. She certainly has to have heard the catcalls when Clinton is mentioned at her husband’s rallies. How could she not?
Asked about whether the campaign should own the comments and react, Sanders said yes, but also went on the attack.
‘Well, I think all campaigns really need to take some responsibility for what surrogates said,’ Jane Sanders replied. ‘A mischoice of words is not as important as trying to carry out a strategy of trying to disqualify people or try to make them feel less-than.’
Here Jane Sanders seemed to be bringing back up a tiff between the two Democratic camps that began when Clinton refused to say whether Sanders was qualified to be president during an interview on Morning Joe….
Jane Sanders indicated she would not soon forgive those digs from Clinton in her comments this morning.
‘I think there’s a lot of that to go around,’ she said.
It might be time to stop using Jane as a surrogate. She had a very bad day yesterday too. Yesterday the New York Daily News endorsed Hillary Clinton. Jane whined to CNN yesterday that the Daily News interview that Bernie flubbed so badly was “odd” and “more of an inquisition.” The newspaper then wrote up her remarks in a prominent article.
Jane Sanders told CNN that she and her husband discussed his performance after the April 1 meeting. She attributed the Vermont senator’s curt responses, which were considered vague by a number of critics, to the meeting’s quick pace and said a reading of the transcript alone wouldn’t lend itself to a fair assessment.
“I was in that interview, listening, and it was a conversation,” Jane Sanders told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. “When you see only words down, it doesn’t quite give the flavor of it.
How embarrassing. Maybe her time would be better spent going back to Vermont to find Bernie’s tax returns so he can release them–as Hillary did with hers long ago. But first the Sanders’ will have their Roman Holiday, which reportedly will not include any meeting with the Pope, according to Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi (NYT).
Jane also appeared on Morning Joe this today, where she complained about the rules for the New York primary. TPM: Jane Sanders Expresses Concern Over Closed New York Primary: It’s ‘Silly.’
Jane Sanders, wife to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), expressed concern Thursday about New York’s closed Democratic primary, noting that her husband would change the system if he won the presidency.
Sanders said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that she wouldn’t go as far as calling the Democratic nominating process a rigged system, but argued that there should be same-day registration as well as open primaries and caucuses.
“We have a lot of those—probably a lot of those people out there in the crowd—hopefully a small number, comparatively, are not even able to vote in this election because they didn’t change their registration to Democrat last October when they hadn’t even heard of Bernie Sanders,” Jane Sanders said. “Those kinds of things seem silly. We’re bringing more a lot more people into the party and the party is shutting the door on them. That seems counterproductive to the long-term goals.”
If these Bernie supporters live in New York and wanted to vote, they could have checked the rules and made sure to be registered in time. The Sanders campaign could even have provided the information to supporters. What a concept!
I think every primary and caucus should be closed. Why should non-Democrats choose the party’s nominee?
Jane also said that Hillary Clinton will not have enough delegates to win the nomination outright.
“Going into the convention I think she’ll be just short and we’ll hopefully be just short and I think then we’ll have a discussion about what the best way to go,” Sanders said.
We’ll see. I’m not sure how many superdelegates (AKA “Democratic whores”) are going to support Bernie’s efforts to overthrow the popular vote.
Again, tonight’s debate should be very interesting. It will be on CNN from 9-11, and we’ll have a live blog for discussion, as usual.
I guess you can tell I’m really angry about this. I’ll leave it to you to let me know what else is happening in the world. What stories have you been following?