To follow up our series about the anti-semitism of liberals and Hillary Clinton hangers-on directed toward Bernie Sanders, we’re gonna start with a news story from a couple of weeks ago, which seems like a good window into the kind of petty backbiting and viciousness that characterizes so many of our experiences with the Clinton Cult and the Bury Me With Pharaoh Her crowd.
In that story, Clinton campaign alums slam Sanders for– gasp!— using a private plane… for his relentless cross-country touring campaigning for Hillary Clinton in the general election.
I mean, this emphasizes the pettiness and expectations of unrelenting, one-way loyalty Clinton and her cadre have. Bernie will always be an unperson to them– sometimes an (((unperson)))– because he dared run in the Democratic primary in 2016, when Everyone Knew it was Time for Saint Perfect Her Who Has Never Done Wrong And Only Been The Victim of Smears And Whose Turn It Was. Even though he was doing this because he was campaigning for Hillary, that’s not enough to keep these assholes from sniping and backbiting at him three years later.
Check out this quote from Zac Petankas, Director of Rapid Response for the Clinton campaign:
“I’m not shocked that while thousands of volunteers braved the heat and cold to knock on doors until their fingers bled in a desperate effort to stop Donald Trump, his Royal Majesty King Bernie Sanders would only deign to leave his plush D.C. office or his brand new second home on the lake if he was flown around on a cushy private jet like a billionaire master of the universe.”
Two asides here: First, imagine using the “second home” snark when you’re working for a candidate who went from broke in 2000 to worth nine figures by the time of the 2016 election, largely on the back of a “charity” that mostly exists to turn natural disasters into moneymaking opportunities and is funded by a ton of shady oil dictatorships, is… well, it’s typical of the attitude of the Clinton Cult, which is that everyone is as dirty as them, and they’re going to prove it, because it’s so unfair how persecuted they are.)
Second: Bedonkas also surfaced from whatever pond of algae he grew in again to pen an op-ed slamming Sanders and suggesting, as is common among the Clinton Cult, that they treated Bernie with kid gloves. It’s an echo chamber of delusions, the Clinton Cult lives in, where they seem convinced they weren’t nasty, vicious, and launching an all-out assault on Sanders and his supporters last year, one that has continued to this day.
Now to the main story. Of course, the actual explanation for Sanders’ private jets is much more mundane:
Sanders spokesperson Arianna Jones said it was physically impossible to get to all of the event locations in such a short period of time without chartered flights, especially since the senator was traveling to many smaller markets with limited commercial air travel options.
This really emphasizes the damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t nature of the Clinton Cult. If Sanders hadn’t taken a private plane, they’d have bitched that he didn’t campaign hard enough for Anointed Her (for fuck’s sake, they do anyway!). And even though he did, that would never be enough for them. You can’t win with cultists who adopt an abusive mindset.
The Vanity Fair headline has it right: “Bitter Clinton Staffers Are Still Complaining About ‘His Royal Majesty King Bernie Sanders’”
This seems to be a broader trend, best exemplified by this Politico headline from last week:
Clinton camp stews over Sanders 2020 campaign
Of course, the subhead is Clinton-friendly framing: “Former Hillary Clinton aides and allies are scrutinizing Bernie’s flaws and vulnerabilities — much as he once did to her.”
The Clinton people have been attacking Sanders nonstop since 2015, and the idea that now they’re finally going to do it is hilariously delusional and not in line with reality. And the “much as he did to her?” He treated her with kid gloves! If he’d actually hit her on her vulnerabilities, he might have won the nomination. More cult logic: Hillary Clinton is a brave, bold, and powerful superwoman who can handle anything; Hillary Clinton is also a delicate, fragile little girl who must be protected from even imagined, minor slights with flamethrowers on full blast.
But more to the point, that lays bare the degree to which this is merely about petty vengeance for all the toadies who thought that by January 20, 2017, they’d finally be wearing the lanyards they’d always dreamed of. They don’t care about beating Trump or winning anything or what’s best for the people or the country. They just want to burn down the man they direct their Two Minutes Hate toward (not coincidentally, Orwell’s totem was also Jewish).
Here’s another Hillary Clinton 2016 alumnus shitting on Bernie Sanders, for… not seeking out the campaign advice of a person who spent a billion dollars to lose the easiest election in history and also openly despises him?
I don’t know who our nominee is going to be but I am damn sure that beating Trump & getting America back on the right footing is going to require a unified Democratic Party, so crap like this 613 days before Election Day is irresponsible, counter-productive, & sets us all back. https://t.co/LVdqeNcdJB
— Nick Merrill (@NickMerrill) March 1, 2019
And, of course, there’s the work of Scumbag David Brock, who defected to the Democrats after smearing Anita Hill as “a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty” because he realized that scorching the Earth for Republicans wouldn’t make them forget he’s gay. Scumbag David Brock joined up with Team Hillary (even amidst the reservations of some of her staff, a rare moment of insight from them) in 2016, founding both Correct the Record (an army of Internet trolls to defend Hillary, because nothing inspires people to vote for a candidate like being badgered by bots every time they so much as discuss her), and Blue Nation Review / Shareblue, the publisher of such ludicrous propaganda as “In Africa they call her Sister Hillary” and whose Wikipedia page explicitly says it was founded as a pro-Hillary propaganda site.
Many of the flaks smearing Sanders lately are current or former Shareblue employees. And check out how dishonest they are about it. Here’s two examples:
First, there’s Tommy Christopher, who looks like the Multiplicity clone of Kurt Eichenwald who is proudly into hentai, and whose level of honesty and character matches his appearance. Check out how hard he’s trying to smear Sanders, mostly with things that either make Sanders sound cool, or with nakedly dishonest “Just asking questions”-type posts.
Bernie Sanders Brags About 1988 Jesse Jackson Endorsement, But Urged Primary Against Obama in 2011 https://t.co/wwmK2n70zA pic.twitter.com/tpRfbVf8iK
— Tommy MMXIXtopher (@tommyxtopher) March 7, 2019
"I am not going to be niggardly about funding for daycare…" – Bernie Sanders 1986. I know it's not a slur, but I've always wondered why a person would choose to say that word, when "stingy" would do just as well. pic.twitter.com/gy0Nh36yea
— Tommy MMXIXtopher (@tommyxtopher) March 12, 2019
(That first one is weirdly racist, too.)
Then there’s Zerlina Maxwell, who openly lied about the content of Sanders’ announcement speech both on MSNBC and on Twitter. She since deleted the tweet, but before doing so, tried defending herself through obfuscation
The Bernie folks are not good at advocating for their candidate without being abusive and I can’t tell if the folks I’m deleting from my Instagram comments this morning are MRAs or Bernie supporters. That’s a problem!
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) March 3, 2019
falsely accused? WTF is wrong with you people?
This isn't a rape allegation Brian this language is loaded and horrible and you should be ashamed of yourself. I'm a survivor and I acknowledged my error YESTERDAY.
My point about bernie's blindspots still stands https://t.co/yNTweeUyvn
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) March 4, 2019
Maxwell is particularly worth pointing out, because she not only told a blatant lie and then attempted to obfuscate criticism of that lie through gaslighting and using woke language to paint criticism as abuse, but her SiriusXM radio show is done in partnership with Shareblue.
This is just a small sampling of the sort of thing the Hillary 2016 / Shareblue crowd has been up to. If you have your own favorite examples, feel free to share them in the comments!
And what does Scumbag David Brock, founder of Shareblue, think about all this?
Welcome to the race, @BernieSanders. I'm looking forward to a primary focused on policy debates and defeating Trump, not on personal attacks that undermine our party to Trump's benefit. #2020Election https://t.co/BcpGkJhidx
— David Brock (@davidbrockdc) February 19, 2019
Incredible. The guy who made his entire career as a hatchet man, who literally ran armies of internet trolls to poison the discourse in 2016, has the gall to pen something like this. I can’t decide what stands out more, the dishonesty or the lack of self-awareness. I think Scumbag David Brock broke the scale on both.
And of course, as always, no collection of Bernie Sanders smears from the Clinton Minions would be complete without one from the Slay Kween herself:
Clinton charges that Putin “clearly favored” Bernie Sanders in the campaign, because he “had a long history of being very favorable toward Russia.”
That’s not from the primary. That’s from a podcast dated February 25, 2019. As if blaming him in her book for promising “ponies” and creating the perception she was crooked (you know, because nobody in America thought that before 2015) wasn’t petty enough. But then, Hillary Clinton always has a long list of everyone whose fault her failure is except hers.
One bright note from this week from the Politico story: One of Sanders’ people finally shot back. Michael Briggs, Sanders’ 2016 campaign spokesman, finally had enough of this bullshit:
Michael Briggs, Sanders’ 2016 campaign spokesman who often traveled with Sanders on the private flights, said Clinton and her staff were “total ingrates” in light of the efforts the Vermont senator put in to try to help elect her in the general election.
“You can see why she’s one of the most disliked politicians in America. She’s not nice. Her people are not nice,” he said. “[Sanders] busted his tail to fly all over the country to talk about why it made sense to elect Hillary Clinton and the thanks that [we] get is this kind of petty stupid sniping a couple years after the fact.”
“It doesn’t make me feel good to feel this way but they’re some of the biggest assholes in American politics,” he added.
It’s been an open secret for years how petty and vicious the Clintons and the people they surround themselves with are, and it’s been an open secret for exactly that reason: Because they’re so petty and vicious that they will stop at nothing to destroy the people they feel have crossed them. (Joe Biden didn’t run in 2016 for exactly that reason.) Kudos for Briggs for finally saying it.
Of course, the coterie of weirdos in the Clintons’ employ reflect the qualities of their bosses. My theory is that the Clintons’ emphasis on loyalty and retribution means that anyone competent enough to be gainfully employed in politics without being a complete sycophant ends up leaving for a less toxic environment. After 25-30 years of this, you whittle down everyone except those people. That’s how you get stuck with incompetents like Robby Mook (inexplicably made head of the House 2020 effort, something I would only do if I wanted to lose the House and have an excuse to get nothing done), obsessive sycophants like Adam Parkhomenko, people who don’t know how primaries work like Mark Penn, and people who spend most of their time tweeting harassment at leftists, possibly under the influence, like Neera Tanden. (On the other hand, look at that worshipful gaze— how could you not give her a job?)
By the way, the tweet in the header is from another Clinton hanger-on who got his first Twitter account suspended for making violent threats against Bernie Sanders.
Anyway, let’s just leave you with a reminder of just how into party unity Team Hillary Clinton really is.