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Thread by @LeftwardSwing: "This is not my post but I wanted to share it with you all. It came off a centrist Dem forum from a poster defending Bernie. It says it all. […]"

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This is not my post but I wanted to share it with you all. It came off a centrist Dem forum from a poster defending Bernie. It says it all. 👇🏽👇🏽

"The agenda is to diminish Bernie Sanders personally as a political force. The goal is to make him toxic as a 2020 potential
presidential candidate. Bernie Sanders the actual human being doesn't rank among the top 250 million factors protecting privilege in America.

To fail to note that Bernie Sanders has consistently been a loyal supporter of the legislative agenda of "angry blacks, hysterical women
and the like" for unbroken decades of his political career is a telling clue. To act like it is perfectly normal for one of the most popular politicians associated with a progressive (and yes Democratic) agenda for America to be treated like the Exhibit A poster child of
privilege in America is completely abnormal outside of the context of the agenda that I mentioned above. I don't have to make a case that Bernie Sanders is pitch perfect on matters of race or sexism or anything else. I know for a fact that at times he is not, but he has never
hesitated to strongly oppose racism and sexism as destructive forces even when sometimes it is possible to take issue with his full understanding of them.

It is not strange that instances can be found in the life of a highly public figure who's literal words get recorded during
part of each day of his life, where his lack of sufficient sensitivity to how his words might be heard by others can be pointed too. No doubt there are moments when the choices that he makes can be criticized as counter productive also. I remember a lot of that going down here
on DU recently with how the Democratic Party treated Al Franken. Bernie Sanders is a selective target. In legal circles it is called selective enforcement. One must view the pattern in order to recognize it.
You seemingly are refusing to see the forest for the trees. There is an ongoing effort on DU to constantly cast bright searchlights onto every seeming wart to be found on Bernie Sanders to the virtual exclusion of everyone else ON EITHER SIDE OF THE POLITICAL AISLE.
Bernie Sanders garners more negative comments on DU by himself than are written about all 51 Senators in the Republican caucus collectively. His literal political stances do not even remotely begin to explain that. What does explain it is a conviction that some here have that
Bernie Sanders must be stopped (if it is framed as fighting the next primary) or punished ( if it is framed as fighting the last primary). There is a group effort underway to do just that. Point to this or that scraggly tree branch all you want, but increasingly they do not
distract from us seeing the forest of what is being undertaken and why."
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