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NO, HILLARY CLINTON, NO.

I have diligently avoided attacking @HillaryClinton as I embraced #NotMeUs.

But this broadside against #Bernie is profoundly wrong. Especially since it echoes the erasure of his diverse coalition by pushing the "bro" narrative.

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@HillaryClinton I am constantly stunned by the lack of self-awareness among some Clinton supporters, who have trashed me and @leeladaou with the same venom that they claim they get from "Bernie bros."

There are obnoxious supporters on all sides, and it is unfair to single out #Bernie voters.
@HillaryClinton @leeladaou Pelosi, Schumer, the Obamas, Clintons, Biden, etc. are the core of a Democratic establishment that has failed to halt the march of rightwing extremism.

It is long past time for a massive grassroots movement, and only ONE candidate is sparking that movement: #BernieSanders.
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"BERNIE BROS"

I wake up again to the erasure of #Bernie's POC and women supporters, and to the fiction that his voters are more toxic than those of other candidates.

When @leeladaou and I began supporting him, the venom we got from his haters was ugly.

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@leeladaou Every personal attack we got in 2016 from #Bernie voters who we argued with in 2016 was replicated in 2019 by his opponents.

They mobbed and harassed us, impugned our motives and character with the EXACT same intensity as those they claim are "bros."

With one big difference...
@leeladaou When we reached out to #NotMeUs with an olive branch it was more than reciprocated.

The so-called "bros" we bitterly argued with in 2016 embraced us with open arms.

#Bernie's movement is principled and truly diverse. Erasing them all as "raging white males" is a travesty.
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Voting for @BernieSanders is the beginning. He's going to need us all to #sacrifice and #fight for the changes we need.

What does that mean?

It means a #GeneralStrike for #MedicareForAll.

It means a #GeneralStrike for student debt relief #SundayThoughts 1/
It means a #GeneralStrike for medical debt relief.

It means a #GeneralStrike for a cap on CEO pay.

It means a #GeneralStrike for an end to #CorporateMoneyInPolitics.

It means a #GeneralStrike for a true #LivingWage.

It means a #GeneralStrike for water in #Flint 2/
This is what #BernieSanders meant when he asked us all at his NY rally whether we're willing to fight for someone who doesn't look like us, doesn't worship like we do.

Are we willing to stand up and FIGHT FOR EACH OTHER?!

That will take more than #voting 3/
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Stealing California from #Bernie — again? gregpalast.com/stealing-calif… #BernieSanders #Bernie2020 #BernieSanders2020 #CAprimary
I saw what happened to #Bernie in 2016. People were improperly registered, not registered. There were three quarters of a million ballots which were cast provisionally or on the wrong ballot, which were thrown out. gregpalast.com/stealing-calif… #BernieSanders #Bernie2020
It was mostly #Bernie votes that were thrown out. We know that from the Roper Poll. #BernieSanders won California in June, 2016, if you counted all the votes… gregpalast.com/bernie-won-cal…
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ON #WARREN'S LOW BLOW

Since this will come up at the #DemDebate, I want to explain her attack on #Bernie.

When CNN leaked the story, Warren could have said: "We're friends and he was referring to the challenges women candidates face. I won't grace these leaks."

Instead...
...Warren's campaign put out a statement that effectively calls #Bernie sexist and then claims to want to move on.

The net effect is to try to damage the leading progressive in the race, which gives a big boost to the establishment wing.

Now why on earth would she do that?
People who follow me know how dedicated I am to fighting sexism. It was everything I did in 2016 and I was mocked and smeared for it when I defended Hillary.

But this isn't about sexism. It's about the incredibly questionable timing of lobbing this out there as #Bernie surges.
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Wow.

I'm deeply disappointed in #ElizabethWarren, someone I've praised repeatedly during this election.

Doing this as #Bernie surges weeks before Iowa doesn't feel right.
Let me expand:

I respect and like #Warren and have said nothing but positive things about her campaign.

Whatever conversation she and #Bernie had, my issue is with the timing. I've done politics for 20 years, including two presidentials, and I recognize a low blow.
And one last point: Anyone who knows my career and my work with Hillary knows how hard I've fought sexism in politics.

This isn't about the conversation they had, it's about the timing of releasing it, which is clearly designed to damage #Bernie.

Who does that help??
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SANDERS v. WARREN

I admire and respect #ElizabethWarren

I admire and respect #BernieSanders

I think #Bernie's bold call for a political revolution is the ONLY approach to the danger we face from an emboldened right and a meek Dem establishment.

Things will get more intense...
As the intensity and negativity ratchets up, which it inevitably will, let's remember that Warren and Sanders supporters have a tremendous amount in common.

We're allies and friends in this existential fight for our progressive values.

EYES ON THE PRIZE

#NotMeUs
I'll be honest: I tweeted this not having seen the CNN story about Warren and #Bernie.

Which makes my point even more salient: supporters of both candidates have so much in common. Let's be unified in 2020.

Bottom line: I believe #Bernie is our best candidate to take on Trump.
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I WAS THERE

So let me provide context to #JoeVotedForTheWar

I was a successful musician in the 90s. Politics was the furthest from my mind. But when Bush was selected, I felt compelled to move into political activism.

I dedicated myself to fighting Bush-Cheney-Rove-Rumsfeld...
I was an early adopter of online politics. I made lifelong friends during those netroots days, a number of whom work on #Bernie's campaign today.

This is the fact: Many Dem leaders were afraid to stand up to Bush because they thought they'd look 'weak' on national security...
Technically, the AUMF vote wasn't a "vote for war" in the strictest definition, but Dems who voted for it knew exactly what it meant: Bush was being given the power to wage war.

So yes, Biden did vote for war. And I say this as someone who worked for John Kerry.
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@PostOpinions Power Rankings- seem packed w Bernie Backers & ignores FACTS: Bernie is NOT a Democrat. He's a SOCIALIST who was, still is 1 of Russia's #activemeasures Ties to Kilimnik mentioned in Mueller report & 2 Mueller indictments, WHY ZERO mention of that? Shame on YOU. 1/
@PostOpinions 2/ Bernie voted FOR giving GUN MANUFACTURERS immunity from product liability law suits, AFTER Sandyhook. Supreme Court overturned that last fall, giving win to Sandyhook families. YOU DIDNT KNOW THAT? He votes against Russian sanctions, is an RT regular -except in this campaign.
@PostOpinions 3. You're too intellectually lazy to do research & only read, report what 's in your Beltway Bubble echo chamber, reducing you all to the laziest of that group whom you quoted in the article. @CillizzaCNN just parrots other talking heads & the echo chamber. Press did same in 2016
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When I “officially” endorsed #Bernie2020, the campaign asked for a “short” statement for a graphic.

I'm wordy; wrote a whole page. Oops.🤓

It’s hard to distill why I believe so strongly in this #BigUS movement & @BernieSanders, but I’d like to share my attempt.

A thread...
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@BernieSanders The part of my statement that made it on the #BernieSanders graphic boils down to one word:

TRUST

Bernie’s stances are grounded in principled judgment, proven to be right & just for decades. His policies prove to be successful when enacted. I know who he'll be once elected.
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@BernieSanders My passion & purpose is #PublicEducation, so my endorsement is also rooted in that.

#Bernie’s full platform - from #MedicareForAll to #CriminalJusticeReform - will have profound positive impacts on students, communities, and the ed profession, in both direct & indirect ways.
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I worked in John Kerry's war room when 'swiftboating' entered the political lexicon. I worked for Hillary Clinton, the prime target of the rightwing attack machine.

When I tell you #Bernie is the strongest candidate to handle the right's smears, I know what I'm talking about.
I'll elaborate: #Bernie has an extremely well-defined and unique brand. He has a powerful grassroots movement, a young generation of social media activists, and a disciplined campaign team with extensive organizing experience. He appeals to voters across the political spectrum...
These advantages make it much harder for the rightwing machine to redefine and smear him.

And his commitment to social, environmental, racial, and economic justice gives him rock solid moral grounding.
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1/16

/THREAD

This is a Vermont Castings Vigilant wood burning stove.

The legal battle over this stove would eventually shutter the Franklin stove company, and make Vermont Castings the dominant force in wood burning technology.
2/16

My father came to Vermont Castings as this stove was readying to launch.

I was eight, and after school used to walk to his office in the old plant on Prince Street in Randolph, because my mom still worked at Wheaton College in MA.
3/16 I would draw or do homework at a drafting table in an office they called the "bomb shelter", because its low ceiling, tiny door, and three men over 6'4" working inside.

One day I went to the local Aubuchon hardware store to buy a red plastic sled so I could go "sliding"
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Neera - I've never "dunked on Hillary." In fact, I've explicitly said that I won't attack you, Tom Watson, HRC, or any other former colleagues just to ingratiate myself with #Bernie supporters.

But I believe we ALL must take responsibility for our failure to stop the far right.
My point is that the Democratic Party leadership, which includes the Obamas, Clintons, Pelosi, etc., have failed to meaningfully oppose the rise of the extreme right.

I take responsibility for my share of that failure. And I ask others to do the same.
Here is a good representation of my thinking and why I've come to believe that we will NEVER overcome the threat of fascism by repeating the same mistakes of recent decades.

We need root-level overhaul of the system.

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I start the day and see that @neeratanden blocked me.

We were friendly colleagues at @HillaryClinton's 2008 campaign. I've never once attacked her personally.

But I've been increasingly vocal about the need to overhaul the Democratic Party. And that bothers some people.
@neeratanden @HillaryClinton I cannot in good conscience look at our current reality and say that the Democratic Party has successfully opposed the GOP's radical rightwing agenda.

Despite some Dem electoral victories, the far right has established a firm grip on the Republican Party and on our government.
@neeratanden @HillaryClinton I believe the only viable path to stopping encroaching fascism is a mass (nonviolent) movement of the PEOPLE.

So I don't take Neera's blocking personally. I understand that by embracing #Bernie's people-powered movement, I've pissed off some former Clinton friends and allies.
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#AskGregAQuestion: Is it possible for #Georgia to vote Blue? How can #Bernie voters avoid a repeat of the 2016? And a shocking tale from a former #Minnesota public utility worker! facebook.com/notes/greg-pal…
#AskGregAQuestion: Is it possible for #Georgia to vote Blue? facebook.com/notes/greg-pal…
#AskGregAQuestion: How can #Bernie voters avoid a repeat of the 2016 vote-rigging? facebook.com/notes/greg-pal…
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During my music career, I always loved the famous quote about The Velvet Underground—that everyone who bought their albums went out and started a band.

There's a similar dynamic with #Bernie, who has inspired a new generation of progressive candidates to run for office.
In 2020, @leeladaou and I are committed to helping those candidates reshape the Democratic Party. We work with @LindseyBoylan and @VoteAshcraft and we support several others in our NY region, among them @DarrigoMelanie, @JamaalBowmanNY, @MondaireJones...
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THREAD — OBAMA REASSURES THE DONOR CLASS

The Beltway establishment (GOP, corporate Dems, and elite media) are worried about the Too Far Left™ movement sparked by #Bernie.

So here comes Obama going after "certain left-leaning Twitter feeds..."

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Here's the problem: The GOP is all about white supremacists and plutocrats, while the Democratic Party leadership is all about "let's all get along and make sure Chuck Todd and David Brooks like us."

So where does that leave the rest of America?

Screwed.
If we open our eyes for just a minute, we see a landscape of struggle, suffering, anguish, stress, fear.

We see rampant injustice, inequality, and violence.

HOW LONG WILL WE ACCEPT IT?

HOW LONG WILL WE LET THE ESTABLISHMENT NORMALIZE IT?
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I WAS WRONG IN 2016

The more time passes, the more I realize 2016 was the time to overhaul the system. It was the time for a political revolution.

And here's why: Winning one election (eg. Obama or Clinton) is winning a battle, but the Dem establishment has been losing the war.
My vigorous advocacy for Hillary Clinton in 2016 was in good faith. I thought it was the right thing to do. But I ended up in a bitter fight with #Bernie supporters whose progressive views I share. I regret it.

But we ALL have to look inside and own up. That's what I've done.
That's why you don't see me attacking Hillary to ingratiate myself with anyone. That would be cheap and disingenuous.

All I can do is keep trying to grow and evolve. Because I have a fair number of followers on Twitter, it's a public process.

Hopefully it helps heal wounds.
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FOR THOSE WHO ASK:

I'm a Lebanese-American boy,
Turned war refugee,
Turned child conscript,
Turned NYU philosophy student,
Turned 90s remixer/keyboardist,
Turned anti-Bush protestor
Turned progressive blogger,
Turned Dem strategist,
Turned increasingly left & anti-establishment.
I feel warmly welcomed by the left, specifically #Bernie supporters. Which is so gratifying considering how intensely we battled in 2016.

But for those who don't know my netroots activism during the Bush-Cheney era, moving left is coming home for me. It's where I started.
And for those who ask: No, I'm not saying positive things about #Bernie to later try to convince people to back #Warren.

Yes, I like Warren, but I am increasingly drawn to the power and solidarity of the #NotMeUs movement. We will NEVER defeat the far right without mass action.
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Dear Black people, we have to 🛑 caping for those who haven’t been there for us the days of the White Saviors are over. We need someone with an actual record of doing the work & that person is @KamalaHarris #poc #Blacktwitter #BlackLivesMatter #woke #ados #kamalaharris #KHive
Dear black people, #KamalaHarris is not a cop 👮‍♀️she never jail innocent black men, never prosecuted anyone for smoking weed, never kept anyone in jail for longer sentencing these are lies spread by #gop #bernie supporters #maga #foxnews etc. this is what she really did #wakeup
Dear @KamalaHarris, you have everything stacked against you as a #BlackWoman this is not the time to pretend that the #media doesn’t have a #racialbias against you. In the climate that we’re in we need you to #SpeakTruthToPowerBy calling it out. This isn’t new ask #HillaryClinton
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WHY?

There's only ONE 2020 campaign that has welcomed me, embraced me, and made me feel part of something bigger:

#BernieSanders

Why is that? Why is team #Bernie so welcoming, especially after my harsh criticism of him in 2016?
Yes, I know it's not about me. But as a citizen and voter, I find it odd that campaigns and candidates I've supported and praised have done ZERO to draw me in, while #Bernie2020 has been encouraging, sharing, welcoming.

Is that why he has the largest movement?
And to elaborate:

I'm looking to help grow a major, sustained, dedicated, progressive movement to defeat rightwing extremists.

Not that interested in fealty to an individual candidate.

What I'm finding with the #Bernie campaign is that there is a genuine movement behind it.
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"Elizabeth Warren’s Big Challenge: Winning Black Voters" nytimes.com/2019/10/06/us/…
Jessie Jackson asked #ElizabethWarren and #BernieSanders to meet with us privately to plan an attack on the racist #Crosscheck vote purge system.
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First, his cancellation of the attack on Iran. Now this. If Senate Rs start turning against #Trump on #impeachment, it's b/c of THIS--because he's not a reliable enough trigger-puller for the neocon warmongers of both parties.
#Syria #impeachment #Turkey
nytimes.com/2019/10/07/us/…
Of course, even he can't get completely out of the neocon grip. Note that US troops r NOT being withdrawn from #Syria, only "pulled back." i.e., they won't fight a Turkish invasion, but will be there as tripwire should gov of Syria try to take back control of its own territory.
Because the #Kurds, now seeing what fools they were to ally with the US, will now likely negotiate a resolution with #Syria which they would much prefer to Turkish occupation.
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@Superciliously @cmclymer If you're sincerely asking, I will sincerely answer, but will take a few tweets. I'll come back to this when I'm at my computer (easier to type out there than on my phone). ✌🙂
@Superciliously @cmclymer Ok, so let's go back before the 2016 elections. I don't have a date for this, but given that she's wearing the bob haircut she first became known for during the financial crisis, it's most likely sometime circa 2008-2011. Here she is, praising #Bernie2020's integrity. 1/?
@Superciliously @cmclymer Here she is in 2002 on Bill Moyers, talking about HRC's help (as FLOTUS) in having stopped a bill that Warren was sounding the alarm on. Yrs later, Senator Clinton voted in favor of that same bill that came back up again. Listen to her explanation... 2/?
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