It’s like deja vu all over again for supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
During the 2016 presidential election, the democratic socialist from the Green Mountain State found himself on the receiving end of a royal Hillary Clinton screw job, after Wikileaks confirmed that the former Secretary of State had colluded with the Clinton campaign in order to effectively rig the primaries against him. This news pushed many a Bernie Bro away from the Democratic Party altogether, paving the way for Donald Trump to carve out the electoral votes needed to win the White House.
In 2020, there have been fears of the DNC’s Deep State attempting to pull off yet another series of Soviet-style shenanigans, and Sanders’ supporters are now issuing a stark warning to the powers that be.
Joe Jackelen, 35, backed Sanders in the 2016 primary and wrote him in on the ballot that fall because he didn’t like what Clinton “stood for.” He said he only regretted that decision “to a degree,” despite it helping give rise to Trump, who beat Clinton in Iowa 51% to 42%.
Jackelen, an IT professional from Ames, said Biden’s refusal to call billionaires “the enemy” was one reason his potential nomination in 2020 could suppress the left-wing vote.
“When I look at some of these other candidates out there, I can see them just sucking any enthusiasm from any undecided voters. So anyone who might have been for Bernie won’t vote for Biden, or any of the others out there,” Jackelen told the Washington Examiner after a Sanders town hall in Newton.
“I think that people will sit at home because they see establishment Democrats that don’t really care. The only thing that they bring to the table is that they’re not Trump. That is not going to drive enough people out that will get a win over Trump,” he said.
This sentiment could be exacerbated by the ongoing civil war within the Democratic Party between moderates such as Joe Biden, and radicals represented by Sanders and fellow Senator Elizabeth Warren, all of whom are currently fighting for the top spot in national polling.
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