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Bernie Sanders and the Minority Vote

Robert Dimuro

Posted on April 28, 2019 15:16

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Will Democrats learn from their failure in 2016 and not rig the system against Bernie?

The minority card is one that continues to be dealt by Leftist politicians and media pundits to smear and discredit their opposition. Undoubtedly, Democrat politicians have benefited from the use of identity politics and specific rhetoric aimed towards minority groups to garner the support of Blacks, Latinos, women, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, etc. However, Democrats have been unsuccessful with this strategy on the national level, losing to a president who focused his campaign on working-class Americans in the Rust Belt.

On the Republican side, Trump was able to cruise through the primaries with his populist campaign strategy, never backing down to allegations of racism and sexism thrown at him by the media and his adversaries.

However, Democrats have not learned from Trump’s success, conceding their own base of working-class, Rust Belt voters to Trump and continuing to lean on minority groups for their base of support. The candidate who defies this norm is Bernie Sanders, who, in my estimation, is the Democrats’ only hope to defeat Trump in 2020.

Bernie brings something to the table other than being an anti-Trump hack. He has a principled economic message that was immensely successful. This allowed an unknown Jewish senator from Vermont to garner enough support to force the Democrat party to steal the nomination from him, as evidenced by the emails uncovered by WikiLeaks.

In order to be nominated, Bernie needs to overcome a political machine that’s obsessed with identity politics and pandering to minority groups. Already, the media have begun to construct a narrative that portrays Bernie as an old, white guy who’s out of touch with minority groups.   

At the “She the People” forum organized by women of color, Bernie was asked about what he would do to combat the rise of White nationalism in America. During his response, Bernie was actually booed when he mentioned that he participated in Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. Bernie also said that he’s committed to leading America in a direction that ends all forms of discrimination.

Bernie’s response at that kind of an event invited media scorn, as talking about “all forms of discrimination” is a trigger phrase for the Left, in that it declines to address specific identities of minority communities. Moreover, it was apparently uncouth for Bernie to name-drop MLK, being the old, white man that he is.

In reality, that question wasn’t designed to invoke a comprehensive, common-sense answer that actually addresses the concern of White nationalism. It was designed to give Bernie the opportunity to prove that he fully conforms to the talking points that are a staple of today’s Democrat party.

It’s clear that, from this point forward, Bernie needs to walk a tightrope between staying true to his all-inclusive economic message that has made him the most popular politician to date, and satisfying the Democrat political machine that emphasizes identity politics over the real issues that concern the American people.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on April 28, 2019 15:16

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