Sanders continues to work for the campaign that conspired to destroy his movement
Like a once-victorious barbarian general captured by Roman legionaries and paraded around in chains for amusement, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is hitting the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton again on Monday afternoon.
The formerly independent, formerly principled senator is making a stop at a Clinton campaign rally in Fort Collins, Colorado, to try to convince his laid-back, hemp-clad supporters in the Centennial State to vote for a woman almost entirely opposed to what he and his primary campaign stood for.
“I think this is terribly important, especially with people like Bernie’s sometimes self-righteous ideologues.”
Sanders’ betrayal of his own ideals is bad enough, but the fact that he continues to stump for Clinton amid continued revelations about her underhanded primary campaign is cringe-worthy to behold.
In one leaked email published by WikiLeaks, former executive director of the Democratic National Committee and Clinton supporter Mark Siegel called Bernie Sanders supporters “self-righteous ideologues.”
“It’s critical that all delegates, especially those representing losing candidates, emerge from the convention feeling that they have won something, achieved something tangible. I think this is terribly important, especially with people like Bernie’s sometimes self-righteous ideologues,” Siegel writes. “We want them to go home happy and enthusiastic in working their asses off for Hillary.”
To do so, Siegel proposed hoodwinking Sanders’ supporters into believing they actually gained something from the utter charade that was the Democratic primary race. “Bernie and his people have been b****ing about super delegates and the huge percentage that have come out for Hillary … why not throw Bernie a bone and reduce the super delegates in the future to the original draft of members of the House and Senate,” Siegel proposed.
“If we ‘give’ Bernie this in the Convention’s rules committee, his people will think they’ve ‘won’ something from the party Establishment. And it functionally doesn’t make any difference anyway. They win. We don’t lose. Everyone is happy,” Siegel concluded.
Also published by WikiLeaks is an email which proves Donna Brazile, acting chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, conspired with the Clinton campaign to sink Sanders’ efforts — while posing as a neutral third party. In January, Brazile forwarded a planning email from Sanders’ African-American outreach team about a Twitter event to the Clinton campaign. “Thank you for the heads up on this, Donna,” replied Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton’s campaign aide.
Adding a delicious dose of irony to Brazile’s duplicity is the fact that she took over as interim DNC chair only after Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign following other leaked emails — courtesy of WikiLeaks in July — that suggested DNC officials were conspiring to scuttle Sanders’ campaign.
In one of those exchanges, DNC communications official Mark Paustenbach writes to a colleague about the possibility of getting reporters to write negative stories about the state of Sanders’ campaign.
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