… by threatening (actual) Democrats, of course — with the assistance of the NYTimes:
— Zachary 🇪🇺 (@zatchry) April 14, 2019
ALSO: It's not just @BernieSanders criticizing @AmProg for accepting $ from entities that don't align with progressive politics (@Walmart, @BankofAmerica, @blackstone, @UAEEmbassyUS, @AHIPCoverage, @BAESystemsInc, etc). CAP's $ makes many liberals uneasy. https://t.co/3lZBmUqooQ
— Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) April 14, 2019
Bernie Sanders whining about critical media coverage and calling for unity is the height of hypocrisy. His recently hired press secretary and speech writer both established well-earned reputations for punching left, and often taking cheap shots.
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 14, 2019
Here’s the collection of grievances that Sanders nailed to CAP’s door https://t.co/cUhWuZ0PIm
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) April 14, 2019
“Nice think tank you got there…it’d be a shame if anything happened to it…” pic.twitter.com/dAFLzARqoa
— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) April 14, 2019
One can surmise it’s about “working the refs,” trying to intimidate others from criticizing his ideas or him. Sanders’s effort is bizarre, when you think about it. Imagine if Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) railed at the New York Times editorial page https://t.co/RvICxRhpQy
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) April 15, 2019
One of the “digs” on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the 2016 presidential campaign was that he was all about himself — insufficiently attuned to concerns about unity, quick to lash out at critics and exceptionally thin-skinned. Those concerns surfaced again in Democratic ranks when he hired a rabid social media hit man, David Sirota (who hadn’t initially disclosed his affiliation with the Sanders camp).
Now he has gone into full attack-and-destroy mode, targeting in a vitriolic letter the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank that has advanced, for example, a health-care plan that expands Medicare but is distinct from the Sanders Medicare-for-all plan, and CAP Action Fund, CAP’s political arm…
CAP’s spokeswoman responded in writing, confining her comments to the attacks on Think Progress. “The Center for American Progress is a research institution focused on ideas and policy,” she wrote. She explained that Think Progress is part of CAP Action, not CAP, which “do not suggest, edit, approve or see their stories before publishing. And, in this particular instance, no one at CAP or CAP Action knew about this article or video’s existence before publication.” The statement continued, “Indeed, ThinkProgress publishes articles with which we disagree. We cannot and will not muzzle ThinkProgress, an editorially independent journalistic enterprise, and we believe it’s wrong for any political leader to demand it do so.”
… A Democratic veteran of many campaigns (not associated with CAP) observes, “This is disgracefully Trumpian, as Sanders desperately tries to create a fake controversy to change the subject on the eve of the release of his tax returns. … If he can’t take some accurate, fairly lighthearted ribbing from a progressive source, he’s proving that he’d be incapable of weathering the general election hurricane that Trump would unleash.” …
Bernie said he would not run a negative campaign and immediately broke that promise. He secretly had a journalist on the payroll for months. Now he demands loyalty (or else) from think tanks and newsrooms. He won't stop here, this is who he is. Trumpism, but from the left.
— Marcus H. Johnson (@marcushjohnson) April 14, 2019
A statement from ThinkProgress Editor in Chief Jodi Enda: pic.twitter.com/6Mz2ziBWgw
— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) April 14, 2019
It has been the model of Sanders’ team since 2016: attack everyone else in the party as sellouts, but scream how unfair it is if anyone hits them in turn. It’s tiresome. https://t.co/2esHwQUKzc
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 14, 2019
I would love to see journalists, every time the Bernie campaign does something like what they’ve done this weekend, ask the Bernie people how they see this helping Bernie get the nomination.
They don’t know. Because none of them have ever done this. They only know how to troll.
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) April 14, 2019