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Popular supporter of Bernie Sanders and AOC branded a ‘hypocrite’ after bragging about $2 million apartment

A hugely popular influencer who often promoted democratic-socialist messaging has been branded as a “hypocrite” after bragging about her new $2 million apartment and fancy new BMW.

Nicole Sanchez, known online as “Neekolul,” became an overnight sensation last year when she went viral for her TikTok video of her dancing while wearing a shirt promoting Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries. Sanchez was lip-syncing a song with lyrics: “Whatever you say, Boomer. OK, Boomer.” Sanchez captioned the video: “Like to trigger the BOOMERS #bernie2020.” The song dismisses baby boomers, while simultaneously endorsing 79-year-old Sanders, who is too old to be considered a boomer, and is among the “silent generation” classification.

The viral video racked up tens of millions of views, and instantly made Sanchez an online standout while also promoting Sanders to a younger generation.

Last March, Neekolul posted another “OK Boomer” video, this time promoting another democratic-socialist politician — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). In this TikTok video, Sanchez is wearing a $58 sweatshirt that reads: “TAX THE RICH.” The pricey shirt is sold by Ocasio-Cortez’s merchandise shop that completely embraces capitalism.

Last week, Sanchez bragged about her new $2 million apartment. Neekolul gave her hundreds of thousands of social media followers a 10-minute virtual tour of her swanky new abode, complete with smart “Martha Stewart”-style kitchen, “East Wing” gaming room, master bedroom with “180-degree” views of the city skyline, and a walk-in closet.


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Last month, Sanchez posed with a brand new convertible BMW. Fox Business estimates Nicole Sanchez has a net worth of between $1 to $5 million.

Online commenters quickly branded Sanchez as a “hypocrite,” and told her to “pay more taxes.”

Sanchez responded to the criticism by saying that “tax the rich” only applies to “like billionaires.”

“I think when people mean like tax rich, I think at the end of the day they do mean like billionaires and people that have insane unfathomable amounts of wealth,” Sanchez said. “Listen, listen whoever wants to show me to where those $1 to $5 million dollars are, I would happily follow you and reclaim them because I have no idea where this money is at or where it’s from.”

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Progressives call out anti-Semitism and ‘Islamophobia’ after wave of hate against Jews

As pro-Palestinian activists engage in a rising wave of attacks against American Jews, some progressive lawmakers who have criticized Israel are condemning the anti-Semitic violence but also are suggesting without evidence there is a concurrent rise in Islamophobia since violence renewed between Israel and Hamas.

Recent high-profile anti-Semitic attacks in New York City and Los Angeles in the last two weeks have called national attention to a rising wave of hate crimes committed against Jews.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an outspoken critic of Israel, on Friday condemned “disturbing antisemitic attacks and a troubling rise in Islamophobia.”

“If you are committed to a future of equality and peaceful coexistence, please stand united against anyone who promotes hatred of any kind,” Sanders tweeted.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) shared Sanders’ tweet with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. and said, “We won’t be free if we come from a place of hate + violence + racism.”

The Anti-Defamation League last week reported a 47% increase from the previous week in online and real-world incidents of anti-Semitism in the United States. The ADL said there were 193 reports of possible anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. from May 7-14, up from 131 incidents reported the week prior.

Examples of the hateful incidents include at least one Jewish individual who was beaten by a pro-Palestinian mob in Los Angeles and a group of around 20 pro-Palestinian protesters in Skokie, Illinois, who chanted “Intifada!” and “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” across the street from Temple Beth Israel synagogue.

An ADL analysis of Twitter found more than 17,000 tweets that used variations of the phrase, “Hitler was right” in the same time period.

“As the violence between Israel and Hamas continues to escalate, we are witnessing a dangerous and drastic surge in anti-Jewish hate right here at home,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said. “We are tracking acts of harassment, vandalism and violence as well as a torrent of online abuse. It’s happening around the world — from London to Los Angeles, from France to Florida, in big cities like New York and in small towns, and across every social media platform.

“To those who choose to indulge in age-old antisemitic tropes, exaggerated claims and inflammatory rhetoric, it has consequences: attacks in real life on real people targeted for no other reason than they are Jewish,” Greenblatt said. “This is antisemitism, plain and simple. And it’s indisputably inexcusable in any context.”

Though Sanders indicated there was an equivalency between rising anti-Semitic hate and Islamophobia, there does not appear to be data showing a rise in Islamophobic incidents in the past two weeks.

Other progressive lawmakers spoke out against anti-Semitism and hate crimes.

“We will never, ever tolerate antisemitism here in NY or anywhere in the world. The recent surge in attacks is horrifying. We stand with our Jewish communities in condemning this violence,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, who earlier that week called Israel an “apartheid state.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) said the attack at the Los Angeles restaurant was “horrific and unacceptable.”

“Nobody should face threats and harassment based on their religion or ethnicity,” she tweeted. “This has to stop.”

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AOC and Bernie Sanders try to block Biden admin’s arms sale to Israel — all while the US’ top Middle East ally is bombarded by Hamas terrorists

Hamas has been bombarding Israel with rockets over the last several days in its latest efforts to violently challenge the United States’ top ally in the region. Over the last week and a half, Hamas terrorists have fired more than 4,000 rockets at Israel, the nation’s air force said, according to the Associated Press.

As Hamas rockets continued to rain down on Israeli communities, left-wing Democrats in the U.S. Congress were spending their time trying to stop President Joe Biden from selling arms to Israel that the nation could use to defend itself against terrorism.

What happened?

The Biden White House approved a $735 million sale of weapons to Israel, the Washington Post revealed Monday. These weapons include JDAMs, or Joint Direct Attack Munitions, which, Fox News said, are tail kits that convert “dumb” bombs into precision-guided missiles. Analysts believe JDAMs have been instrumental in the recent cross-border conflict with Hamas.

According to the Post, the administration notified Congress of the planned sale on May 5, five days before recent hostilities began. The declaration is required under law, and lawmakers have 15 days to object with a nonbinding disapproval resolution.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been leading the charge to kill the arms deal, along with known anti-Israel Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.), who called the potential sale “appalling.”

AOC, along with Tlaib and Rep. Mark Pocan, introduced a resolution Wednesday to block the arms sale.

In a statement on the resolution, the democratic-socialist lawmaker said, “For decades, the U.S. has sold billions of dollars in weaponry to Israel without ever requiring them to respect basic Palestinian rights. In so doing, we have directly contributed to the death, displacement and disenfranchisement of millions,” the Post reported.

And she took to Twitter to claim that the move was all about protecting human rights and allege that Israel has been targeting civilian and media sites.

“The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions and civilian sites for bombing,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We have a responsibility to protect human rights.”

Israel has said that JDAMs have been used for the Gaza airstrikes and in other similar situations in order to avoid harming civilians, which is the opposite of what Hamas has done with its indiscriminate bombing of Israeli cities.

On the U.S. Senate side, avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he plans to introduce a similar resolution Thursday to stop the weapons sale, the Post reported.

“At a moment when U.S.-made bombs are devastating Gaza, and killing women and children, we cannot simply let another huge arms sale go through without even a Congressional debate,” Sanders tweeted.

“I believe that the United States must help lead the way to a peaceful and prosperous future for both Israelis and Palestinians,” he continued in a follow-up tweet. “We need to take a hard look at whether the sale of these weapons is actually helping do that, or whether it is simply fueling conflict.”

Though the Sanders resolution will likely get an up-or-down vote, its fate is uncertain, the Post said. Should it get the 51 votes needed for passage, it would still need to pass the House, which AOC and her ilk would likely support it.

The president, however, would have the power to veto the resolution. If he did, both congressional chambers would need to rally two-thirds of their respective bodies to overturn the veto.

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Bernie Sanders says he does not support forcing kids to get COVID-19 vaccine

As schools debate resuming in-person classes full-time in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, pro-vaccine forces have debated requiring kids to get vaccinated before coming back to school now that it looks like at least Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will be approved for anyone 12 and older by next week.

But there’s at least one well-known liberal lawmaker who may well stand in the way of such a requirement becoming a reality: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

What’s happening?

Reports circulated Monday that the Food and Drug Administration is likely going to authorize emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children and teens ages 12 to 15 years as early as next week.

“The FDA is currently reviewing data submitted by Pfizer to support the extended use,” CNN reported. “Pfizer said at the end of March that a clinical trial involving 2,260 12-to-15-year-olds showed its efficacy is 100% and it is well tolerated. The vaccine is currently authorized in the US for emergency use in people 16 and older.”

The anticipated emergency use authorization has prompted debate about whether to mandate vaccinations for middle and high school students returning to classrooms, as 200 colleges and universities around the nation have already done.

Sharon Masling, a partner at Washington, D.C.-based law firm Morgan Lewis, told CNBC, “Like everything with COVID, this is going to be a school district by school district decision.

“Some school districts are going to want to be aggressive and see requiring vaccines as the way back to normal, whereas other school districts may want to move more slowly, especially in areas where there is a lot of vaccine hesitancy,” she added.

What did Sen. Sanders say?

If Sen. Sanders has his way, vaccines will not be mandated for teenagers. The senator told WCAX-TV Wednesday that he did not believe the government should force student to get the shots.

Why? Because he said he does not think a lawmaker knows better than the parents.

“It’s not my job to tell parents or kids to get vaccinated,” Sanders told the outlet.

He said the government’s job should be to make sure the inoculations are safe and that it appears that that is, indeed, the case for the current vaccine offerings.

“What we want to do is make sure that it is safe, and I think the evidence seems to suggest that it would be safe,” Sanders said.

WCAX-TV asked him if he favored offering incentives to encourage teens to get vaccinated, but he wouldn’t answer.

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After posting, then deleting, cynical messages, ‘SNL’ cast members given safe space if they don’t want to appear with Elon Musk

Some “Saturday Night Live” cast members and a writer don’t appear to be welcoming Elon Musk, who is an upcoming host of the NBC sketch TV show. Two “SNL” cast members posted and then deleted seemingly standoffish messages toward the Tesla CEO on social media shortly after Musk was announced as the host for the May 8 episode.

Last month, it was announced that Musk would host “SNL.”

“Weekend Update” host Michael Che did what comedians are supposed to do: make jokes. During an interview with former “SNL” star Jimmy Fallon, Che joked about Musk hosting, “I am excited to meet him, but I don’t know if he knows, usually, we have this tradition at ‘Saturday Night Live,’ it’s customary for the hosts to give like a couple million dollars to the cast members.”

But not everyone was excited to see the billionaire on “Saturday Night Live.”

The SpaceX founder tweeted, “Let’s find out just how live Saturday Night Live really is,” which received over 215,000 Likes on Twitter.

“SNL” cast member Bowen Yang took a screen capture of Musk’s tweet and replied, “What the f*** does this even mean?”

“SNL” writer Andrew Dismukes reacted on Instagram by saying, “Only CEO I want to do a sketch with is Cher-E Oteri,” a reference to “Saturday Night Live” alum Cheri Oteri.

After the news of one of the richest people on the planet set to host the comedy show, longtime “SNL” cast member Aidy Bryant reposted a tweet by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that said, “The 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people. Let me repeat that, because it is almost too absurd to believe: the 50 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than some 165 MILLION Americans. That is a moral obscenity.”

Sanders, an avowed socialist, has butted heads with the billionaire Musk in the past. Sanders called out Musk, who has a net worth of $173 billion.

“We are in a moment in American history where two guys — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — own more wealth than the bottom 40% of people in this country,” Sanders said in March. “That level of greed and inequality is not only immoral. It is unsustainable.”

NBC revealed that any “SNL” cast members offended by Elon Musk will be provided a safe space.

“Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don’t have to do it,” a source told Page Six. “[‘SNL’ boss Lorne Michaels] won’t ever make them do anything they don’t want to do.”

While Musk hosts the May 8 episode, Miley Cyrus will be the musical guest on the comedy skit show, and she received blowback for participating in a teaser clip with the billionaire. When announcing her appearance on “SNL” with Musk, the pop singer was met with some criticism from dozens of her diehard fans.

A fan tweeted, “I like you, Miley. But there is no way in hell that I’ll be watching Elon Musk do anything. Honestly, folks should boycott this.”

Another stated, “Girl you have the power to stop this.”

One Twitter user wrote, “Don’t show. Not worth it. He’s not worth it.”

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Pelosi, Sanders move goalposts on massive infrastructure bill, claim it’s about ‘human infrastructure’

Top Democrats are already moving the legislative goalposts as President Joe Biden pushes his second multi-trillion dollar spending package.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who controls the Senate Budget Committee, are defending Biden’s push for a massive infrastructure bill — which critics say has very little to do with American infrastructure — by citing the need to address “human infrastructure.”

What is the background?

Despite boasting a price tag of $2.25 trillion, Biden’s plan spends relatively few tax dollars on American highways, bridges, and other traditional infrastructural systems.

Instead, the plan advances countless progressive policy initiatives, and is being described as, basically, the Green New Deal.

As TheBlaze reported:

According to a chart obtained by the Washington Post, which details the proposal’s spending breakdown, the administration plans to spend only $115 billion — roughly one-twentieth of the total — on highways, bridges, and roads, while spending $174 billion on electric vehicles, $213 billion on affordable and sustainable housing, $137 billion on public schools and community colleges, and $180 billion on climate-based research and development.

Other large expenditures include $111 billion for clean drinking water, $100 billion for high-speed broadband, and $100 billion for workforce development.

What did Pelosi say?

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Pelosi said the infrastructure bill will not be trimmed down despite criticisms because infrastructure is more than highways and bridges.

“Infrastructure is about education, about getting children healthily in school with separation, sanitation, ventilation. It’s about investments in housing as well,” Pelosi said. “Overwhelmingly, this bill is about infrastructure in the traditional sense of the word.”

“We also think that infrastructure— there’s a need for workforce development in order to have the workforce fully participate in how we go forward and childcare so that women can be involved in that as well,” she added. “So it’s physical infrastructure. It’s also human infrastructure that is involved.”


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What did Sanders say?

Speaking on MSNBC Saturday, Sanders invoked a similar line of defense by attempting to broaden the definition of what exactly “infrastructure” means.

“[W]e’ve got to take a broad look at what infrastructure means, human infrastructure for ordinary people,” Sanders said.

“Human infrastructure means housing. You’ve got a half a million people in this country who are homeless. You’ve got 19 million households who are spending 50% of their limited incomes on housing. We need to build housing,” Sanders continued. “And by the way, when you deal with housing, you create jobs.”

“When I talk about infrastructure, it means if a worker, a mom and dad are going to work, they have the right to know that their kids are in decent childcare. That’s infrastructure,” Sanders said. “Infrastructure is having the best-educated workforce in the world. That means all of our kids should have the ability to get a higher education, not leave school deeply in debt.”

“[Infrastructure] means that we need a healthy society. Our life expectancy is 40th in the world because we are the only major country not to guarantee health care to all people,” Sanders added. “And so, I think as a nation we’ve got to take a very broad look at what we mean by infrastructure, it’s physical infrastructure, obviously, bricks and mortar. It is human infrastructure.”

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Fight for $15 dies in Senate with 8 Democrats voting against

The United States Senate on Friday rejected an attempt by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, with a number of Democrats opposing the measure.

Seven Democrats and one independent senator who caucuses with the Democrats opposed the minimum wage increase. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Angus King (I-Maine.) voted with Republicans on a procedural point of order that prevented Sanders’ proposal from being added to the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 spending bill.

All together, the Senate voted 58 to 42 against including a $15 minimum wage in the COVID-19 bill.

The minimum wage increase was not likely to pass the 50-50 Senate given Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to a $15 per hour minimum wage. He prefers instead to adopt an $11 per hour minimum wage indexed to increase with inflation.

Complicating matters for Democrats was a ruling from the Senate parliamentarian last week that including a provision to raise the minimum wage in the COVID-19 spending bill would violate the budget reconciliation rules. Democrats invoked budget reconciliation to pass the bill because Republicans do not support several provisions amounting to nearly $1 trillion of spending they say is not related to coronavirus relief.

Under budget reconciliation, Republicans will not be able to filibuster, lowering the threshold needed to pass the bill from 60 to just a simple majority. If the minimum wage increase were included with the COVID-19 relief bill, budget reconciliation would not apply and Democrats would not be able to pass it.

Although some of the seven Democrats who voted with Republicans likely support a $15 minimum wage, they were forced to vote against it today to save the larger $1.9 trillion relief bill.

Still, the vote infuriated progressives.

“There is not one state in our country where you can make ends meet on the current federal minimum wage. Not one!” Sen. Sanders tweeted. “How quickly would Congress raise the minimum wage if they were forced to live on $7.25 an hour? Outrageous.”

Sen. Sinema drew particular ire on social media for the way she voted, giving an emphatic thumbs down on the Senate floor.

In a statement she released after the vote, she clarified her support for a minimum wage increase, calling for the matter to be taken up separately from the COVID-19 bill.

“Senators in both parties have shown support for raising the federal minimum wage and the Senate should hold an open debate and amendment process on raising the minimum wage, separate from the COVID-focused reconciliation bill,” Sinema said.

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Another key campaign promise gone? Biden’s pledge to hike minimum wage appears to be in jeopardy

President Joe Biden pledged during his campaign that he would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour if he won the White House, tipping his hat to progressives who believe the current federal minimum wage leaves working-class Americans impoverished.

Biden seemingly made good on that promise with his $1.9 trillion coronavirus-related economic relief plan. Stuffed inside Biden’s proposal is the minimum wage hike.

But now it appears the minimum wage hike could be jettisoned altogether as Democrats and Republicans negotiate the third round of COVID-related economic stimulus.

What is going on?

Biden admitted in an interview with CBS News that aired before the Super Bowl that his key campaign promise of hiking the minimum wage likely will not survive legislative negotiations.

“My guess is it will not be in it,” he said, Politico reported. “I don’t think it is going to survive.”

Biden cited Senate rules that require 60 votes to invoke cloture on bills to avoid a filibuster.

The president, however, added that not all hope is lost. He said that he may pursue raising the minimum wage in the future, though he did not say when that time will come. He also said he is open to incrementally raising the federal minimum wage, a process that would take years before reaching the $15 per hour promised land.

“I am prepared as president of the United States on a separate negotiation of minimum wage to work my way up from what it is now,” Biden said. “No one should work 40 hours a week and live below the poverty wage, and if you’re making less than $15 an hour, you’re living below the poverty wage.”

Is there still hope for Dems?

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has advocated using the budget reconciliation process to pass Biden’s COVID relief bill and, therefore, the minimum wage hike.

The reconciliation process only requires 51 votes to pass legislation.

In fact, Sanders revealed over the weekend that there is a “room full of lawyers” working to ensure Biden’s bill can be passed through budget reconciliation.

“I can tell you as chairman of the (Senate Budget Committee), we have a room full of lawyers working as hard as we can to make the case to the parliamentarian that, in fact, raising the minimum wage will have significant budget implications and, in fact, should be consistent with reconciliation rules,” Sanders explained.

Anything else?

Biden’s minimum wage pledge is not his only promise to take a hit in the first weeks of his presidency.

While Democrats campaigned for the Georgia runoffs election last month, Biden promised one day before the dual elections that Democrats would immediately pass more COVID-related economic stimulus that included $2,000 checks. Democrats would be able to do it with effective control of the Senate.

However, when Biden introduced his COVID relief proposal the next week, he included only $1,400 checks, claiming the second round of stimulus passed in December under then-President Donald Trump, which included $600 checks, was a “down payment.”

The development left Democratic voters feeling betrayed, with some even pledging to not vote for Democrats ever again.

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Bernie Sanders blasts Democrats for ‘unbelievable’ COVID economic relief proposal that moves the goalposts

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders blasted the Democratic Party over the weekend, voicing frustration over Democrats who are moving the goalposts on new coronavirus-related economic relief.

What is the background?

President Joe Biden’s massive $1.9 trillion COVID-related economic relief package includes $1,400 payments, and begins phasing out the payments for individuals who earn $75,000 and couples who earn $150,000.

But as Democrats and Republicans continue negotiating, some Democrats have signaled a willingness to lower the income threshold, meaning fewer Americans would be eligible for the third round of stimulus.

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reported last week that Democrats are considering phasing out the payments for individuals earning $50,000 per year and married couples who earn $100,000 per year. Republicans, however, have countered with a proposal lowering both the income level and the amount of stimulus.

The idea behind lowering income threshold is to target the aid to Americans who need it most. The Post reported that Biden’s administration is open to lowering the income eligibility threshold.

What did Sanders say?

The Vermont senator, technically an independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party, denounced Democrats who are open to lowering the income eligibility limit for the next round of COVID-related stimulus.

In fact, Sanders pointed out that if Democrats agree to lowering the threshold, working class Americans would have received more economic aid under former President Donald Trump than under Biden and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

“Unbelievable,” Sanders, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, tweeted.

“There are some Dems who want to lower the income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals, and $150,000 to $100,000 for couples. In other words, working class people who got checks from Trump would not get them from Biden. Brilliant!” Sanders added.

Later tweeting from his official Senate account, Sanders said he “strongly” opposes lowering the income threshold.

“I strongly oppose lowering income eligibility for direct payments from $75,000 to $50,000 for individuals and $150,000 to $100,000 for couples. In these difficult times, ALL working class people deserve the full $1,400. Last I heard, someone making $55,000 a year is not ‘rich,'” Sanders said.

Anything else?

This is not the first time Democrats have moved the goalposts on a third round of economic stimulus.

As TheBlaze reported, Biden and the Democratic Party took flak from their own supporters last month over the $1,400 stimulus check proposal.

That’s because Democrats promised they would pass $2,000 stimulus checks if they took effective control of the Senate by winning both Georgia runoff races last month. In fact, just one day before the runoff elections, Biden promised the checks would be immediately passed by the Democrat-controlled Congress.

However, when Biden released his COVID economic relief plan one week later, it included only $1,400 payments, posturing the $600 payment passed in December under Trump as a “down payment.”

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San Francisco public school teacher: Bernie Sanders in mittens at inauguration embodies ‘white privilege, male privilege, and class privilege’

A San Francisco public school teacher just penned an op-ed stating that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wearing mittens at President Joe Biden’s inauguration — the popular image so many people had fun with recently — embodies “white privilege, male privilege and class privilege.”

Um, okay…

The author of the piece is Ingrid Seyer-Ochi — who’s also a former UC Berkeley and Mills College professor and ex-Oakland Unified School District principal. She began her piece for the San Francisco Chronicle by saying a few weeks back she “processed the Capitol insurrection” with her students — notably “images of white men storming through the Capitol, fearless and with no forces to stop them.”

Seyer-Ochi recalled she told her students at the time: “This is white supremacy, this is white privilege. It can be hard to pinpoint, but when we see, it, we know it.”

Then she said she and her high schoolers “analyzed images from the inauguration.”

The question again was, “What do we see?”

Seyer-Ochi’s answer was that, “We saw diversity, creativity and humanity, and a nation embracing all of this and more.”

And while she acknowledged that Sanders “was barely on our radar” on Inauguration Day, the following day “he was everywhere.”

Mittens of ‘white privilege’

“What do we see?” Seyer-Ochi recalled in her op-ed asking her students once more. The answer?

“They saw a white man in a puffy jacket and huge mittens, distant not only in his social distancing, but in his demeanor and attire.”

More from her op-ed:

We talked about gender and the possible meanings of the attire chosen by Vice President Kamala Harris, Dr. Jill Biden, the Biden grandchildren, Michelle Obama, Amanda Gorman and others. We referenced the female warriors inspiring these women, the colors of their educational degrees and their monochromatic ensembles of pure power.

And there, across all of our news and social media feeds, was Bernie: Bernie memes, Bernie sweatshirts, endless love for Bernie. I puzzled and fumed as an individual as I strove to be my best possible teacher. What did I see? What did I think my students should see? A wealthy, incredibly well-educated and -privileged white man, showing up for perhaps the most important ritual of the decade, in a puffy jacket and huge mittens.

I mean in no way to overstate the parallels. Sen. Sanders is no white supremacist insurrectionist. But he manifests privilege, white privilege, male privilege and class privilege, in ways that my students could see and feel.

Seyer-Ochi noted that when her students saw Sanders “manifesting privilege, when seemingly no one else did, I struggled to explain that disparity. I am beyond puzzled as to why so many are loving the images of Bernie and his gloves.”

“I don’t know many poor, or working class, or female, or struggling-to-be-taken-seriously folk who would show up at the inauguration of our 46th president dressed like Bernie,” she added in her piece. “Unless those same folk had privilege. Which they don’t.”

What was the reaction?

When the Chronicle tweeted out Seyer-Ochi’s op-ed Monday, it will come as no surprise that not everybody was on board with her perspective:

  • “It was literally almost 2 weeks ago. It’s a pair of mittens. Seek help. Please,” one commenter requested.
  • “When he turned around and used that moment to raise millions for charity that was also traumatizing for my students…” another commenter said.
  • “I cannot overstate how much I hate this and how damaging s**t like this is to the left,” another user noted. “Did they want him to wear a dashiki!?! I mean what the f***!? He is an old man trying not to f***ing freeze to death in DC in January.”

And one user made this observation:


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Bernie Sanders predicts the Democratic Party could be ‘wiped out’ in the 2022 midterm elections

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent lawmaker who caucuses with Democrats, warned the Democratic Party this week what will happen if Democrats do not improve American lives now that they control the White House, House, and have effective control over the Senate.

What did Sanders say?

Sanders predicted the Democratic Party will be “wiped out” in the 2022 midterm elections if they squander their opportunity to improve American lives.

“Given all that we face, now is not the time to think small. It is time to think big, very big,” Sanders said on Thursday, according to McClatchy reporter Francesca Chambers.

“With Joe Biden as president and Democrats controlling the House and Senate for the first time since 2010, we will be judged on what we deliver for the American people in their time of need. The people want action, not excuses,” Sanders explained.

“And let me be very clear. I have zero doubt that unless we significantly improve the lives of the American people this year, Democrats will get wiped out in the 2022 midterm elections,” Sanders predicted. “That is what happened when Democrats had the House, the Senate and the presidency under Bill Clinton in 1994 and that is what happened under Barack Obama in 2010.”

“Politicians and media focus a great deal on drama, personality and conflict,” Sanders added. “That’s how they define politics. That is not my view. Politics is nothing more complicated than delivering policy that positively impacts the lives of working families.

Of course, Sanders’ vision of what policies are beneficial significantly diverge from the majority of Americans. Sanders is a self-declared “democratic-socialist,” who advocates for European-style socialism.

Indeed, Sanders said this week that he would use his power in the Senate to implement as much of his big government agenda as possible while Democrats control Congress.

Sanders wrote in an essay for CNN:

The Senate’s 60-vote threshold to pass major legislation has become an excuse for inaction. But let’s be clear: We have the tools to overcome these procedural hurdles. As incoming Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, I will use a process known as budget reconciliation that will allow us to pass comprehensive legislation with only 51 votes.

What’s the history of Dem control?

Democrats have a poor history of leveraging control in Washington.

In fact, the last two times that Democrats had control of the White House and Congress — after Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 and Barack Obama’s election in 2008 — Democrats gave up control in the next national election

The 1994 midterm elections were particularly bad for Democrats; they lost control of the Senate, House, a net loss of 10 governorships, and numerous state legislatures. The 2010 midterm elections were equally as bad — coming amid the Tea Party movement — though Democrats managed to retain control of the Senate until the 2014 midterm elections.

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Bernie Sanders endorses far-left Portland mayor candidate who openly embraces communist authoritarians

Far-left Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone, who has described herself as an “everyday anti-fascist” and declared, “I am Antifa,” has received a huge endorsement on Thursday from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Iannarone was excited to get the support from the self-avowed socialist.

Iannarone, who has embraced the label as the “Antifa mayor,” shared Sanders’ endorsement on her campaign website.

In every corner of the country, strong progressives are running at the state and local level to represent our movement and lead the fight to transform this country. These races are incredibly important — that’s why I am endorsing progressive, down-ballot candidates across the country. If you can, I hope you’ll cast your ballot for them when you vote.

Iannarone responded by saying, “Thank you, Senator Sanders. Bernie sees a progressive running to challenge the status quo, and he wants to help.”

“I am proud to receive his endorsement,” she continued. “I’m excited to work on behalf of the 99% to hold big corporations accountable and to fight for health care for all Portlanders and everyone across the country.”

The ultra-progressive Iannarone is taking on incumbent Portland Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler, who has been the mayor since 2017. A poll released earlier this month found that the race is extremely tight with Iannarone at 34% and Wheeler at 33%.

In 2016, Iannarone tweeted a photo of another person’s ballot with dictators such as Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, and Ho Chi Minh as write-ins.

“Quite possibly my favorite ‘I voted this way’ photo to date,” she tweeted, adding that she “hearts” all of the despots.

Iannarone openly advertises that she admires communist authoritarians. She was seen wearing a skirt with the faces of Che Guevera, Joseph Stalin, and Chairman Mao printed on it.

Earlier this month, Iannarone praised Joe Biden for saying that Antifa is an “idea.” During a debate against Wheeler, the Portland mayoral candidate was asked about how she would handle protests in the city, which she responded, “I love that Joe Biden answered this question before me, because being opposed to fascism in 2020 is not something to be embarrassed about.”

“I have a bumper sticker from the beginning of my campaign that says #EverydayAntifascist,” Iannarone proclaimed. “And what I have tried to do is normalize peaceful responses to the rise of white nationalism by organizing in my community.”

A new report was published this week that found America’s youth is increasingly embracing communism, socialism, and Marxism. Millennials and members of Gen Z were far more likely to adopt communism and collectivism. Many were in favor of eliminating capitalism completely to make way for socialism.

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‘Bernie Bro’ with a van full of guns, explosives and $509K reportedly considered assassinating Joe Biden

A 19-year-old man with a van full of guns and explosives was arrested in North Carolina after he made threats online and contemplated assassinating Joe Biden, according to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast.

Around 11 a.m. on May 28, the Kannapolis Police Department was asked to tow an abandoned van from the parking lot of the Third Bank in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Through the window, officers spotted an AR-15 style rifle, a box for a .380-caliber handgun, a canister “of the explosive material Tannerite,” and a box of 5.56-caliber ammunition, according to a police report.

The van, which reportedly belonged to Alexander Hillel Treisman, was towed away, and was later searched. Inside the vehicle police found about “$509,000 in U.S. currency (believed to be [Treisman’s] inheritance), books (about survival, bomb making, improvised weapons and Islam), drawings of swastikas and planes crashing into buildings,” and a Sig Sauer AR Rifle, a 9 mm Luger, a Kel-Tec Sub-2000, a .22-caliber rifle, and a Russian Mosin Nagant M91/30 bolt-action rifle, according to the search warrant application.

Later that day, Treisman arrived at the bank in a Honda Accord and asked about the towed van, according to court documents. Bank employees reportedly contacted police, and they took Treisman into custody.

Police searched Treisman’s Honda Accord and discovered two more handguns, a .380-caliber, and a 9 mm Luger “found concealed in a clothes hamper,” court papers stated.

Treisman, originally from Seattle, was allegedly carrying multiple driver’s licenses from three states: Washington, California, and Florida.

Treisman was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, according to officials say. Local police contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A day after his arrest, the suspect reportedly called his mother, Kimberly Treisman. During the phone call, which was recorded, the mother suggested that he should “jump bail,” according to a report from CNBC.

Local police and investigators from the Joint Terrorism Task Force reportedly asked Treisman about the disturbing materials found in his van. During the interview, Treisman “disclosed he has an interest in terrorist incidents and mass shootings,” according to federal officials.

“Treisman conveyed to the interviewing officers that he had an interest in terrorist incidents and mass shootings, and that he watched YouTube videos and read Wikipedia articles about such incidents,” the search warrant application states.

According to court documents, friends and family stopped speaking to him because of his “remarks and jokes” about mass shootings and the 9/11 terror attacks.

Treisman drove around the country, purchasing firearms in different states, authorities claim.

Law enforcement said they discovered an account on iFunny, a social media platform where users can post and comment on memes, alleged to belong to Treisman. The search-warrant application says Treisman posted a meme about killing Joe Biden.

On April 15, 2020, Treisman allegedly shared an image on iFunny with the caption, “Should I kill joe biden?”

In a conversation with another user on iFunny, Treisman reportedly said he “was going to do a columbine for a while.” The other user condemned him for wanting to “harm the innocent.”

Treisman responded, “My hatred is for the complacent American people who will turn u in for their own satisfaction. But aside from former goals, my eyes on the future. If anything I have to save bernie.”

Investigators concluded the “bernie” mentioned in the alleged threat was a reference to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who dropped out of the presidential race on April 8, which paved the way for Joe Biden to get the Democratic presidential nomination.

On May 3, financial transactions and cellphone records show Treisman was within four miles of Biden’s home in Delaware.

Court documents said between March and May, Treisman made internet searches regarding “information about Joe Biden’s home address, state gun laws, rifle parts, and night vision goggles.”

Investigators determined Treisman’s activity “was consistent with a surveillance and attack plan connected to a possible threat against Joe Biden or other targeted act of violence,” according to a search warrant.

The teenager allegedly wrote a note on his phone that outlined a plot for a mass shooting at a mall food court either on Christmas or Black Friday. The search warrant application states that he made a checklist that ended in “execute.”

Treisman allegedly said he had not attempted to actually harm or murder anyone, telling authorities that his internet postings were “all online threats were part of a persona.”

Investigators claim that they found a trove of “sexually explicit videos and images of minors” on Treisman’s phone.

“Child pornography was found on eight of these devices (three laptops, three hard drives, an additional cellphone, and a flash drive),” an Oct. 6 detention memo states. “A total of 1,248 videos and 6,721 images of child pornography content were found on Defendant’s devices, in addition to 637 videos and images of child pornography containing sadism and/or masochism content.”

Treisman reportedly had no prior criminal history before his arrest. The federal magistrate judge justified Treisman’s detention without bail on child pornography charges because of the other evidence against him.

“No combination of available release conditions would reasonably assure the safety of the community, and that a preponderance of evidence establishes that no conditions would ensure Defendant’s presence in court,” the judge said.

Treisman was denied bail on Oct. 6 pending trial and is currently being held in Durham County, North Carolina.

A lawyer for Treisman and the Secret Service did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

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Report: Socialist Bernie Sanders wants to be Biden’s Labor Secretary

Self-avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may not have won the Democratic nomination, but he is still reportedly hoping to bring his progressive views into the executive branch.

According to a new report from Politico, Sanders has expressed interest in joining a potential Joe Biden administration and is particularly interested in becoming the next Secretary of Labor.

One anonymous source close to the senator told the news outlet, “I can confirm he’s trying to figure out how to land that role or something like it” and that “he, personally, does have an interest in it.”

When reached out to for comment by Politico, Sanders reportedly declined to confirm or deny that he was gunning for the post.

“Right now I am focused on seeing that Biden is elected president,” he said. “That’s what my main focus is.”

Why does it matter?

Sanders failed to win the Democratic nomination in the 2016 and 2020 election cycles in large part because his radical progressive views were still deemed out of step with the majority of Americans. But since dropping out of the 2020 race in April, Sanders and his camp have been working diligently — and with much success — at pulling Biden’s camp to the left on several key policy areas.

Allies of the two candidates even came together to produce and publish a document titled, the “Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations,” which detailed a range of shared policy initiatives. The massive 110-page document covered a wide range of issues, including climate change, health care, criminal justice, and education.

The working group that created the joint policy document was chaired by former Secretary of State John Kerry and progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In the Politico report, Sanders’ former campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said his former boss is “100 percent in Joe Biden’s court,” and added, “We’ve had a good working relationship with the Biden team and I expect we’ll maintain that all the way through.”

Anything else?

News that Sanders is interested in a cabinet position will come as a welcome development to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party but could simultaneously scare away moderate Democrats and independents who are concerned about the nation’s leftward drift.

Nevertheless, Sanders has the early support of former Bill Clinton administration Labor secretary, Robert Reich.

Reich — who recently made news by calling for a post-election commission to censor and blacklist supporters of President Trump — told Politico that Sanders would be “terrific.”

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Ocasio-Cortez believes the far left can ‘push Vice President Biden in a more progressive direction’ if Democrats win the White House

Democratic socialist and “squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) believes the far left of the Democratic Party will be able to push former Vice President Joe Biden to enact some of their preferred polices, should the Democrats win the presidency.

Ocasio-Cortez, who supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic primary, told JustTheNews reporter Nick Ballasy she agrees with Sanders’ reported concerns that Joe Biden is not progressive enough for the modern left.

“Of course I do,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We’re different people, and clearly I, in the primary, one of the reasons why I was supportive of Sen. Sanders was because of how progressive his stances are, but, you know, the primaries are over, and right now what is most important is to make sure that we ensure a Democratic victory in November and that we continue to push Vice President Biden on issues from marijuana to climate change to foreign policy.”


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Sanders is reported to have recently expressed doubts to Biden’s associates that the Democratic presidential nominee is doing enough to excite progressives and turn them out to vote. In private conversations, he reportedly said Biden is at “serious risk” of losing the election to President Trump by alienating progressives with his centrist positions.

Sanders has denied making these comments, but Ocasio-Cortez agrees Biden should move “in a more progressive direction.”

“I think, overall, we can likely push Vice President Biden in a more progressive direction across policy issues,” she said. “I think foreign policy is an enormous area where we can improve; immigration is another one. There are some areas where we just fundamentally disagree, but that’s OK. I think it’s important to acknowledge that we can have, in some cases, very large disagreements — it doesn’t mean that we’re trying to undermine the party or undermine each other. It means that we’re trying to do what’s best for people in the country.

“We’ll see what progress that we’re able to make on issues like immigration and criminal justice reform,” she added.

Ocasio-Cortez cited the “full legalization” of marijuana as an example of a policy she feels a possible Biden administration might move left on.

“One perfect example is that I believe in the legalization of marijuana, not just decriminalization, but full legalization, regulation, et cetera,” she said. “But, you know, we will hash those out. Our main priority is to make sure that the vice president is successful and victorious in November so that we can have those kinds of conversations in the first place from a more effective stance with him in the White House.”

An example of an issue Biden has thus far refused to move on is health care. Biden refused to endorse Sanders’ signature “Medicare for All” health care plan during the Democratic primary, attacking the idea championed by Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives as too costly with its $35 trillion price tag and promising to veto such legislation if he were president.

Instead, Biden has put forward a plan to expand on Obamacare, offering a public option to achieve “universal” health care coverage through a new government program like Medicaid.

Ocasio-Cortez criticized Biden’s public option plan but argued it is better than the status quo.

“One concern I’d say that I have with a public option is that it very easily allows insurance companies to just kind of bump off their more expensive patients onto a public option, thus making an increase in the costs on a public option and kind of them keeping healthier people that require less insurance coverage for themselves,” she said.

“The whole purpose of insurance is to even out those costs, which is why I believe single-payer is a better policy, so in terms of that we do disagree,” she added. “But either way, I do think that a public option is likely a better scenario than we have right now.”

To convince Biden and the country to adopt her position, Ocasio-Cortez said a “mass movement” in America is needed to energize support for democratic socialist policies.

“That would not just take me to convince him nor any one individual,” she said. “We need a mass movement in this country. We need widespread popular support for single payer in order to get a chance at getting it done.”

Despite the alleged concerns from Sanders and the criticisms raised by Ocasio-Cortez, the Biden campaign has actively courted the progressive left with promises to implement policies that are well outside the mainstream. Working together with Sanders, the Biden campaign’s “unity task force” unveiled a compromise platform that pulls elements from Sanders’ radical agenda.

Among the campaign promises mentioned in these “unity guidelines” are a commitment to “eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035,” banning for-profit private charter schools, opposing school vouchers, and recommending a “civilian corps” of non-police first responders be created to answer 911 calls for nonviolent emergencies instead of police.

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Obama admits: So-called moderate Joe Biden is ‘not that different’ from far-left Bernie Sanders

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is campaigning as a moderate, and the media worked overtime to present his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), not as a far-left lawmaker, but as a moderate that a plurality of Americans could support.

But according to former President Barack Obama, Biden is “not that different” from socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

What did Obama say?

Sanders supports single-payer health care, ridiculously high taxes, the Green New Deal, free college education, raising the minimum wage, cancelling student loan debt, among other far-left policies.

Obama told New Yorker magazine that, from a “40,000-foot level,” Biden and Sanders are not too dissimilar.

“If you look at Joe Biden’s goals and Bernie Sanders’s goals, they’re not that different, from a 40,000-foot level,” Obama admitted.

“They both want to make sure everybody has health care. They want to make sure everybody can get a job that pays a living wage. They want to make sure every child gets a good education,” Obama continued.

The Democratic Party was deeply divided during the primary. On one side stood the Democratic establishment, which backed Biden. On the other side was the progressive-wing of the party — the party’s youth and diversity — which backed Sanders. When it became clear Biden would be the nominee, questions arose about whether Biden could appeal to far-left Democrats.

According to Obama, Biden has moved further left — but he said any changes are merely circumstantial.

“A lot of times, the issue has to do with ‘How do we go about that, and what are the coalitions we need?'” Obama said. “What I think the moment has done is to change some of those calculations, not because necessarily Joe’s changed but because circumstances have changed.”

What exactly are Biden’s positions?

Indeed, many of his official policy positions align with what progressives advocate.

Biden supports raising taxes on wealthy Americans, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, believes at least two years of college should be free, wants to expand the Affordable Care Act, wants to enact a national firearm registry, among other positions.

However, Biden does not support universal health care, but he does “embrace” much of the Green New Deal, Slate reported.

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AOC’s DNC speech used to formally second the nomination of Bernie Sanders

Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) used her much-hyped brief speaking time Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention to second the nomination of fellow democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Viewers immediately reacted on social media, wondering if her omission of the name of Joe Biden was a snub, leading others to insist it’s simply how conventions operate.

What are the details?

Ocasio-Cortez was the second person to speak as Democrats from all 50 states announced their respective tallies for delegate votes. Her speech was much anticipated, after progressives had criticized the fact that she would only be granted a minute or so of speaking time, while Republicans such as former Ohio Gov. John Kasich were graced with a larger spotlight.

Given that Ocasio-Cortez’s plug occurred on the second day of the virtual convention, viewers were confused when all of the talk about Biden was interrupted by two speakers out of the gate during roll call who appeared to pledge their devotion to Sanders before Biden was formally made the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee — and no longer “presumptive.”

The congresswoman from New York talked policy first, pledging her “fidelity” to “a movement that realizes the unsustainable brutality of an economy that rewards explosive inequalities of wealth for the few at the expense of long-term stability for the many, and who organized an historic, grassroots campaign to reclaim our democracy.”

She closed by saying, “In a time when millions of people in the United States are looking for deep systemic solutions to our crises of mass evictions, unemployment, and lack of health care, and espíritu del pueblo and out of a love for all people, I hereby second the nomination of Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for president of the United States of America.”

The hashtag “#Did AOC” began trending on Twitter, with users wondering if she had just used her platform to rebel against the party. Mainstream news outlets noted in headlines that the far-left firebrand had made no mention of Biden while she endorsed Sanders for president of the United States.

What did AOC say?

So many people questioned the purpose behind her remarks, that Ocasio-Cortez addressed the issued herself afterward, tweeting, “If you were confused, no worries! Convention rules require roll call & nominations for every candidate that passes the delegate threshold. I was asked to 2nd the nom for Sen. Sanders for roll call. I extend my deepest congratulations to @JoeBiden – let’s go win in November.”

She added, ”
Congratulations, @JoeBiden – I deeply look forward to fighting for our future together and reclaiming our democracy in November. Thank you @DemConvention for having me deliver Sen. Sanders’ roll call nomination speech. It’s been an absolute honor. #NotMeUs & #Biden2020.”

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Like eating a ‘bowl of s**t’: Bernie Sanders supporters still really don’t like the idea of backing Biden

Left-wing progressives who supported the candidacy of avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are having a hard time getting behind the Democratic establishment candidate, presumptive nominee Joe Biden. Their attitudes and recent comments could help President Donald Trump get re-elected, according to analysis from The Atlantic.

Backing Biden is apparently so distasteful that a Sanders campaign co-chair likened it to eating a “bowl of s**t.”

What’s going on now?

During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, when it was becoming evident that then-Sen. Barack Obama was going to take the nomination from Hillary Clinton, party leaders called on all Democrats to come together to support the eventual nominee.

A radical group of Clinton supporters started a group called “Party Unity, My Ass,” or PUMA. (The group later claimed on its website that PUMA stood for “People United Means Action.”) The band of activists tried to fight the inevitable nomination of Obama to the bitter end, even going so far as to starting the infamous birther narrative against the man who would become the nation’s first black president.

But the PUMAs can’t hold a candle to many of the leftist progressive backers of Sanders. Sanders supporters have gained a bit of a reputation over the years for not being willing to play ball with non-radicals — much less moderates — in the Democratic Party.

For example, one faction, known as the Bernie Bros., harassed Democratic election officials at their homes, reportedly created “fake tweets” to get fans of a popular boy band to attack a journalist who had written a damaging article, and allegedly vandalized a campaign office of Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.

Now that nothing stands between Biden and the Democratic nomination, progressive Sanders supporters are not happy about the notion of supporting the “establishment” nominee.

Nina Turner, a co-chair of the Sanders campaign, reportedly told The Atlantic’s Peter Nicholas that the notion of endorsing Biden was like eating a “bowl of s**t.”

“It’s like saying to somebody, ‘You have a bowl of s**t in front of you, and all you’ve got to do is eat half of it instead of the whole thing,'” she said, according to Nicholas. “It’s still s**t.”

Another Bernie backer, hard-core leftist Harvard professor Cornel West, lamented that he and other liberals would have to back the very type of candidate they have been fighting against.

“We have to be true to ourselves and acknowledge that Biden is a mediocre, milquetoast, neoliberal centrist that we’ve been fighting against in the Democratic establishment,” West said.

How will this help Trump?

Nicholas warned that the ongoing spat between Sanders supporters and the rest to the Democratic Party could help Trump come November.

“[Biden] still symbolizes a brand of establishment centrism that leaves some younger voters and some in the party’s activist wing uninspired,” Nicholas noted.

This could lead to Sanders’ base staying home on Election Day “out of pique,” during Biden’s efforts in swing states, he warned.

Nicholas concluded: “Expect Trump to aggravate a dispute that advances his own interests. As I’ve written, he spent months wooing Sanders voters during the primary, trying to convince them that the senator was the victim of a Democratic conspiracy to prevent him from getting the party’s nomination.”

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President Trump triggers liberal meltdown by rolling back Obama-era LGBT protection

The Trump administration announced Friday that it was finalizing the elimination of an Obama-era regulation prohibiting health care discrimination against certain LGBT individuals.

In 2016, the Obama administration extended protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which “prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities.” The updated rule redefined sex discrimination to include gender identity — defining that as “one’s internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female” — and pregnancy termination, or abortion.

In a statement on Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services said the Obama administration’s change “exceeded the scope of the authority delegated by Congress in Section 1557.”

“HHS will enforce Section 1557 by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology,” the HHS said.

The move will also save consumers billions of dollars.

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The final rule will also relieve the American people of approximately $2.9 billion in unnecessary regulatory burdens over five years from eliminating the mandate for regulated entities to send patients and customers excessive “notice and taglines” inserts in 15 or more foreign languages in almost every health care mailing, costs that get passed down to patients and consumers.

These expensive notices have not generally proven effective at accomplishing their purpose of providing meaningful language access to healthcare.

In response, top Democratic leaders attacked President Donald Trump, noting the finalization of the regulation change came during Pride Month, the month-long celebration of LGBT people.

Joe Biden

“On the fourth anniversary of Pulse. In the middle of Pride month. During a global pandemic. Donald Trump’s cruelty truly knows no bounds. We have to defeat him this November,” Biden said.

Sen. Bernie Sanders

“It is outrageous that Trump, in the middle of a pandemic, is working to prevent LGBTQ+ Americans from getting health care they need. Discrimination of any kind has no place in our society. We must defeat Trump, guarantee health care as a right and protect all LGBTQ+ Americans,” Sanders said.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

“In the middle of a pandemic, the President wants to strip away health care & risk LGBTQ+ Americans’ lives to pander to right-wing ideologues. This is hateful & wrong. Trump must protect LGBTQ+ rights, and if he won’t, the Senate must act,” Warren said.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi

“Our nation is in the midst of a health and economic crisis of staggering proportions. The Administration’s shameful rule is an attack on the health care of women, communities of color, seniors, the disabled and the LGBTQ community,” Pelosi said.

Sen. Kamala Harris

“The callousness of Trump to announce this during LGBTQ+ Pride month as the country mourns the four year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting. The cruelty is the point and it knows no bounds. We will fight this,” Harris said.

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New York bucks request from the Sanders campaign and cancels Democratic primary

New York state has canceled its Democratic presidential primary due to COVID-19 concerns despite a request not to do so by the campaign for former candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt). The primary was scheduled to take place on June 23 — nearly two full months from today.

The Democratic members of the state’s Board of Elections made the unprecedented decision in a vote Monday morning, the Associated Press reported. The state still plans to hold its congressional and state-level primaries on Election Day in June.

Commissioner Andrew Spano reportedly pondered the decision at length but eventually decided it was unwise to force voters to choose between their democratic duty and their health.

The commissioner added that for contested races it made sense to give voters an opportunity to choose. But as as for the presidential primary, it didn’t make sense to “have anyone on the ballot just for the purposes of issues at a convention.”

‘Essentially a beauty contest’

Commissioner Douglas Kellner echoed that sentiment, citing Sanders’ recent decision to drop out of the presidential race and support presumptive nominee Joe Biden.

“That has effectively ended the real contest for the presidential nomination,” Kellner said. “And what the Sanders supporters want is essentially a beauty contest that, given the situation with the public health emergency that exists now, seems to be unnecessary and, indeed, frivolous.”

A lawyer for the Sanders campaign, Malcolm Seymour, asked the election commissioners Sunday not to cancel the primary.

“Senator Sanders has collaborated with state parties, the national party and the Biden campaign, to strengthen the Democrats by aligning the party’s progressive and moderate wings. His removal from the ballot would hamper those efforts, to the detriment of the party in the general election,” Seymour wrote in a letter obtained by the Wall Street Journal.

The move will undoubtedly anger Sanders supporters who reportedly bombarded Spano and Kellner’s offices with emails urging them to keep their candidate on the ballot.

Sanders has argued that he wants to stay on ballots in order to effect change to the Democratic Party’s platform.


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Bernie Sanders’ press secretary hints that Biden may be replaced as the nominee at the convention because of Tara Reade allegations

In a move that is strongly reminiscent of the 2016 campaign, a prominent staffer for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is declaring unequivocally that that she is not endorsing or helping the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, and further is suggesting that the sexual assault allegations raised by Tara Reade may lead to Biden being replaced as the nominee at the Democratic convention.

In a Thursday interview with The Atlantic, former Sanders press secretary Briahna Joy Gray — who has been vocal on Twitter about her disagreement with her former boss about his Biden endorsement — explained that Biden has not done enough to win her vote, or the votes of many other progressive voters.

In explaining the reason for her decision, Gray told The Atlantic, “The point of my tweet was to say that it is frustrating for a lot of supporters of progressive politics to see leaders in our movement seemingly fall in line with establishment politics without extracting any concessions on issues like a wealth tax, free child care, and Medicare for All. If these are in fact existential issues, then we need to behave that way, and not stop fighting.”

Gray’s reticence toward Biden is sure to dredge up unpleasant memories of 2016 for many Democrats, many of whom blame Sanders’ supporters’ refusal to back Hillary Clinton in the general election for her defeat at the hands of Donald Trump.

Gray, like most Sanders supporters, rejects any blame for the failures of the Democratic Party, telling The Atlantic, “No matter what progressives do, we’re going to get framed as somehow responsible for any negative outcome. Bernie Sanders was persistently asked, “Will you support the nominee?” He said yes, more vociferously than anyone else in the race. But he and his movement are still being held responsible for wanting Joe Biden to be a better nominee, or pointing out obvious flaws that might damage his candidacy.”

Gray also hinted that Biden may not even end up being the nominee at the Democratic convention, noting in particular that the sexual assault allegations raised by Tara Reade against Biden haven’t been thoroughly examined yet, and could present a problem.

There’s a lot of reasons why Democrats might want to substitute a different person for Joe Biden as the nominee. The Tara Reade allegation has been handled abysmally by the press. If anyone looks at this closely, then they will see reason for concern,” according to Gray.

Gray ultimately concluded that she would vote for Biden, but only if he supports a laundry list of progressive policies, including “Medicare for All, canceling student-loan debt, canceling medical debt, having a wealth tax.”

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Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden for president

Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, while calling for unity in an effort to defeat President Donald Trump.

What are the details?

During a joint livestream event, Sanders—who suspended his campaign less than a week ago—told Biden, “We’ve got to make Trump a one-term president, and we need you in the White House.”

The socialist from Vermont issued a rallying cry, urging voters of all political backgrounds to join him in backing Biden.

“Today I am asking all Americans. I’m asking every Democrat, I’m asking every independent, I’m asking a lot of Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy,” Sanders said, “to make certain that we defeat somebody who I believe, and I’m speaking just for myself now, is the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country.”


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Biden thanked Sanders for his endorsement, calling it “a big deal,” and saying, “I think people are surprised that we are apart on some issues but we’re awfully close on a bunch of others.” The former vice president added, “I’m going to need you — not just to win the campaign — but to govern.”

Fox News reported that Sanders’ announcement “settles speculation on whether and when Sanders would formally back his former primary rival,” pointing out that he “notably did not endorse when he suspended his campaign last week.”

The day after Sanders suspended his campaign, Biden attempted to woo the socialist’s supporters by lurching further left on two planks in his policy platform with proposals to lower the age of eligibility for Medicare to 60 and to forgive a vast amount of college debt.

Sanders further noted during the livestream on Monday that his campaign was already providing direct input on Biden’s agenda, saying, “I have been very pleased that your staff and my staff have been working together over the last several weeks to come up with a number of task forces that will look at some of the most important issues facing this country.”

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Biden attempts to woo Sanders supporters with Medicare expansion, college debt forgiveness

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, lurched further left on two major policy positions Thursday in an effort to win over the supporters of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who recently dropped out of the race.

Biden proposed lowering the age of eligibility for Medicare and forgiving a vast amount of student loan debt in a nod to Sanders, who has thus far resisted endorsing Biden.

What are the details?

In a post on Medium, Biden promised that if elected to the White House, he would lower the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60 and “forgive all undergraduate tuition-related federal student debt from two- and four-year public colleges and universities for debt-holders earning up to $125,000.”

Biden wrote, “Senator Sanders and his supporters can take pride in their work in laying the groundwork for these ideas, and I’m proud to adopt them as part of my campaign at this critical moment in responding to the coronavirus crisis.”

Sanders — who dropped out of the race on Wednesday and did not immediately endorse Biden — is a proponent of Medicare-for-All and cancelling all student loan debt.

CBS News reported:

While no cost has been quoted in this plan, similar plans by Biden’s former primary rivals were criticized for their high sticker price. The Biden campaign said the new loan forgiveness would be funded by targeting and repealing the ‘excess business losses’ tax cut in the recently-passed COVID-relief plan called the CARES Act. The campaign argued this tax cut does not address the current pandemic relief efforts and the ‘richest Americans’ are the main beneficiaries.

Anything else?

Biden currently faces what The Hill referred to as the “tough task of uniting Democrats” ahead of the November election.

In a piece published by Fox News,on Thursday, Paul Steinhauser wrote, “While winning Sanders over is step one, securing the support of his followers is a much larger step two.”

Steinhauser also noted that “going too far leaves Biden even more vulnerable to attacks from President [Donald] Trump that he’s pushing a socialist agenda. Trump and his allies have hammered the message since the beginning of the cycle that the Democratic Party has drifted far to the left of most Americans.”

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