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Is Bernie Sanders harming the liberal cause?

Bernie Sanders decided to give his own response to President Trump's State of The Union address, and not everyone is happy about it. Critics say the Vermont senator is muddying the Democrats' official response, delivered by Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA), and that Bernie is putting his own interests ahead of uniting against Trump. But his fans are thrilled. They say Sanders has every right to give his own response, and is under no obligation to go along with the Democratic Party line. What do you think?

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 Sanders fans are applauding his decision. He's an Independent, not a Democrat, so why shouldn't he offer a rebuttal on his own terms? 

As the longest serving independent member of Congress in history, it makes sense that Sanders wants to offer an alternative to the Democratic Party's rebuttal. The senator ran for president as a Democrat, but continuously pushed the party further to the left and disagreed with the Democratic establishment on issues ranging from minimum wage to the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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But critics say this is typical Bernie behavior: hogging airtime to give his same stump speech about billionaires and Wall Street, and elevating his own profile at the expense of the Democratic message. 

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Many Democrats are tired of Sanders' grandstanding. They feel he just used the party for its platform and reach in 2016, but continues to disparage Democrats and divide the left at a crucial and dangerous moment in U.S. history.

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But many Sanders supporters have zero interest in hearing from a member of the Democratic Party.  They see the Democrats' call for unity as just a way to sweep real progressives under the rug.

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