Are the #StillSanders supporters principled patriots? Or dead-enders in denial? | The Tylt
Bernie Sanders may have lost the Democratic primary – but many of his loyal followers refuse to admit defeat. They've got big plans to protest at the Democratic National Convention.
Is the Bernie Or Bust movement principled? Or pathetic?
Sanders supporters argue that Hillary Clinton didn't really win (or won unfairly); that her platform isn't nearly progressive enough to represent them; and that the Democratic establishment must be put on notice that Sanders' voters and their political objectives are not going away quietly. The slightly ominous hashtag #SeeYouInPhilly continues to trend, and anti-Clinton/DNC leftists have practiced getting arrested in preparation for the convention.
Many applaud the fact that Sanders' campaign has energized so many on the left, particularly young people – and public protest is certainly a right that any Democrat should support. But critics of the #StillSanders group have had it with the group's refusal to concede. They argue Clinton won by nearly 4 million votes; that Sanders never managed to connect successfully with Black and Latino voters who are so essential to the Democratic coalition; that his refusal to concede drains resources that should be spent battling Donald Trump.
Are Sanders supporters noble for continuing to fight for their candidate and his agenda? Or are they pitiful dead-enders who want to demonize the Democrats because their candidate didn't win?
#StillSandersStrong or #StillSandersSad? What do you think?
Are the #StillSanders supporters principled patriots? Or dead-enders in denial?
A clique of hypereducated,20somethings who convinced selves being an asshole/liar on Twitter is preeminent form of activism/social rebellion— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 21, 2016