Last night, in his town hall on MSNBC, Sanders made a statement that made my blood boil:
Sanders said that “If we end up losing,” it would be “incumbent upon [Clinton] to tell millions of people who right now do not believe in establishment politics and establishment economics” that she supported Sanders’ Medicare-for-all plan.
“I think Secretary Clinton is going to have to explain to millions of young people and a lot of other people that climate change is a real crisis and incrementalism is just not going to solve it,” he added.
Whether Sanders throws his support behind Clinton if she wins the Democratic nomination — and how enthusiastically he endorses her — will play a major role in determining whether his supporters end up backing her too. That will give Sanders some leverage, even if he loses the Democratic nomination, in shaping the party’s platform.
What. An. Asshole. Of course Clinton will have to continue to do everything she can to reach out to all voters. But this response, disregarding the fact that he used it to throw more attacks at Clinton, is why I am so sick of the god damned Sanders purists and his campaign. The correct answer is “I don’t think we are going to lose, but should that happen, I would hope my supporters would vote for the Democratic nominee.” You don’t even have to say her name.
And this is but one example why:
Ted Cruz’s tour de transphobia, launched last week to capitalize on Donald Trump’s criticism of North Carolina’s anti-transgender law, has embraced a new extreme position. Speaking to reporters this weekend in Indiana, he actually admitted that he doesn’t believe transgender people should be allowed to use any restroom except the ones in the privacy of their own home.
“Every one of us has the right to live our lives as we wish,” he said. “If any one of us wants to dress up as a woman or man and wants to live as woman or man and believes that we might be something other than what we were born, God has made each of us with free will and the ability to choose to do that if man to wants to dress as a woman, and live as a woman, and have a bathroom at home.”
A reporter sought clarification on the remark: “So then they shouldn’t use the bathroom out in public?”
Cruz then confirmed just that. “You don’t have a right to intrude upon the rights of others because whether or not a man believes he’s a woman, there are a lot of women who would like to be able to use a public restroom in peace without having a man there — and when there are children involved, you don’t have a right to impose your lifestyle on others.”
You don’t get to call yourself a moral crusader or revclutionary when if you don’t get your way, you let the bigots take over to heighten the contradictions, because real people’s lives are at stake.
You fucking asshole. Not to mention, revolutions don’t start at the top. Coups do.