In a previously published Washington Examiner op-ed, I wrote that Sen. Bernie Sanders was not owed any apology from the Democratic Party. But in her new book, former Democratic National Committee interim chairwoman Donna Brazile writes about former Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s bid to win the 2016 presidential nomination, and some interpret her findings as hinting that some sort of apology really is in order.
As a local District of Columbia Democrat, I have known Donna for a few years. I accept her political reflections in her new book as compelling, revealing, significant, and honest.
But unlike Sen. Sanders’ surrogates and supporters Nina Turner, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and former Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver, I will not and do not shed a single tear, nor feel any righteous indignation for Sen. Sanders.
Let’s be clear here: Sen. Sanders is not a Democrat, but rather a self-identified Independent. Rather than run as an Independent or align with the Republican Party, he sought to wrestle the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination away as a high profile non-Democrat, while simultaneously bullying and dissing the entire Democratic Party organization.
He lost. Now he wants to use “Trumpisms” and cry “rigged election” and “Clinton collusion.” Please, give me break.
There should not be any effort by “Bernites” and journalists to portray Sen. Sanders as a political knight in shining armor riding to save the Democratic Party. During the 2016 presidential campaign Sen. Sanders demonstrated he was not a political saint or a political apostle speaking truths about Democratic Party principles.
During the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, Sanders was not a wallflower denied opportunities to speak on his political beliefs. Moreover, Sanders was not the only aspirant for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination. However, he was the only one not a Democrat. But he is now the only candidate whining about his failure to persuade a majority of grassroots Democrats to vote for him. Democrats across America and abroad heard Sen. Sanders’ message and voted for former first lady, former U.S. senator, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
I am sure somewhere there is a small violin playing, but only for those who seek to cry over Sen. Sanders’ political selfishness and attempt at political revisionism.
To parody Gil Scott Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, Sen. Sanders’ revolution was televised and due to low votes, it was cancelled. Done. End of story.
Robert Vinson Brannum is an activist long involved in D.C. Democratic politics, and a candidate for DNC chairman in 2017. Follow him on Twitter at @robert158.
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